The Tennessee Titans have been holding on-going discussions with the agent for defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, though talks remain in the preliminary stages.
Vanden Bosch, who came to the Titans in 2005 and has twice been selected to the Pro Bowl since that time, is entering the final year of his current deal, one of many Titans starters who could be eligible for free agency after the 2009 season.
Vanden Bosch’s agent, Tony Agnone, indicated Friday that the Titans have been talking to him about a potential extension for the defensive end, and that Vanden Bosch is interested in remaining in Tennessee, but that talks are still slow in terms of progress.
“We’ve been dialoging all the way,” Agnone said. “We’re not intensely negotiating, but we’re just trying figure out where each other is coming from.
“With the [Steve] McNair situation, and what’s going on with the rookies, I assume we’ll eventually get down to it. But they wanted to reach out and tell us that they want him and we wanted to reach out and tell them we’d like to do something.”
The tricky part could be determining Vanden Bosch’s value to the club. He just turned 30 last year and is coming off a season in which he was bothered by a groin tear that limited him to 10 games last year.
However, prior to that, Vanden Bosch had been the most durable and productive of Titans players, playing in all 48 games in that three-year span and recording 31 sacks. Vanden Bosch has also been a locker room example and high-motor leader since his arrival in Tennessee as well.
Vanden Bosch’s Nashville home is for sale, and Agnone said that is simply Vanden Bosch, who graduated from the University of Nebraska with a finance degree and a 3.82 grade-point average, is simply covering all his bases as potential free agency looms.
“He’s very practical. Does he want to stay? Yes, but does he understands the business aspect of the situation. It’s football and that’s the way it goes.”
Potentially complicating the situation is the unsettled labor situation in the NFL. If a new collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached, teams would be facing an uncapped year, but would have another franchise tag to apply, if need be.
The Titans have 13 potential free agents at season’s end, with Vanden Bosch and linebacker Keith Bulluck heading the list.
And that is one reason Agnone and general manager Mike Reinfeldt have already opened the exploratory talks.
“What we’ve done is we’ve talked about the fact with the market and what’s going on we should start dialogue and be continuing the dialogue,” Agnone said.