First-round pick Kenny Britt was officially a no-show at Tennessee Titans training camp which opened Friday at Baptist Sports Park.
Britt’s agent Todd France said in a text message that there were no updates as of Friday afternoon in talks, but Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt was hopeful that Britt might agree to terms soon.
“I think we’ve got a chance,” Reinfeldt said. “Things are starting to fall into place. The deals for No. 29 [Hakeem Nicks] and No. 31 [Chris Wells] are close, so we’re optimistic that something cand get done fairly soon.”
Reinfeldt added that the Titans have “stressed to him the importance that he be here soon.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Britt is close by and if a deal is reached could arrive in time to practice Saturday.
“It looks like things are falling into place around him, I’m optimistic,” Fisher said. “Before practice I visited with Mike, and he felt like things were moving, so I’d say we have a decent chance of having him out here tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, center Kevin Mawae began training camp on the active PUP (physically unable to perform) list and said he hopes to return in two to three weeks.
“I don’t know. I’d say a couple to three weeks. Hopefully, I’ll get some time in before the preseason is up. I don’t have a timeline or a deadline or anything like that. My goal is opening day,” Mawae said.
Mawae said the six-month recovery time from the triceps tendon surgery was a success and now he is involved in the rehab process to get the muscle strong again.
“Once you get through the recovery time, you’ve got to build the muscle back up and build the muscle endurance back to where it needs to be,” Mawae said.
The only other Titans player to miss practice on the first day was kicker Rob Bironas, who was backed down because of a minor muscle pull. Fisher said the injury was not related to the groin injury that kept Bironas out for a good portion of camp and preseason last year.
“He’s just a little sore. We’ll hold him out for a couple of days. He’ll kick. There’s nothing to be concerned about,” Fisher said.