Who will get Titans’ franchise tag?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 1:00am

The Titans have two players who are candidates possibly for the franchise tag, which must be decided by Thursday.

Both kicker Rob Bironas and tight end Bo Scaife are eligible for unrestricted free agency, and the Titans are not believed to be close with either player on a new long-term extension.

“I think that’s always a possibility. I think we’ll go up to the very end to determine whether or not we do that,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said last week.

Bironas, in four seasons with the Titans, has established himself as one of the NFL’s top kickers, especially the past two seasons when he made 35 of 39 kicks in 2007 and 29 of 33 this past season.

Justin Schulman, one of Bironas’ agents at Athletes First, declined comment when asked about the negotiations or if he thought the kicker might be given the franchise tag, which would pay him $2.48 million for the 2009 seasons.

As for Scaife, his agent Kevin Robinson indicated recently to The City Paper that the tight end will test the market. Robinson reiterated that on Tuesday.

“The Titans have told us that they would like to have Bo back, and I believe they want him, but at this point, it is to our benefit to test the market and see what is out there,” Robinson said.

Scaife has steadily improved since being taken in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and last season led Tennessee with 58 receptions.

If the Titans were to franchise Scaife, it would cost them $4.46 million this season.

Sirmon goes to Oregon:Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon is moving up the ranks in his coaching career, heading back to his alma mater as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon.

According to The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., Sirmon has been added to the Ducks’ coaching staff after one season of coaching linebackers at Division II Central Washington.

Sirmon, 31, was a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2000, played for the team through the 2006 season when he retired rather than accept an offer to continue his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Sirmon became a full-time starter in 2002 and enjoyed banner seasons in 2002 and ’03 before suffering a torn ACL that cost him the 2004 season. He reclaimed his starting job in 2005 and was moved to middle linebacker in 2006.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Titans have the cap room to resign both of these guys. They are team players and they should be a part of our team. GO TITANS!!!!!!!!

By: knilob on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I would be really surprised to see the Titans franchise tag either of these players. Franchising a kicker would be almost as bad as drafting a kicker in the first 2 rounds. I also don't see Bo Scaife as that important to the team. Sure, he's a great team player, but would we really miss a beat without him?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow, you know your team sucks when the choices to franchise are a kicker and average tight end.