Though stationed in South Florida, Drew Rosenhaus is swinging a pretty big stick in Nashville these days when it comes to matters of the Tennessee Titans.
Sports super-agent Rosenhaus represents five different Titans players who are scheduled to become either restricted or unrestricted free agents on March 5. Those in the Rosenhaus camp from Tennessee include defensive end Jevon Kearse, tight end Bo Scaife, middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, running back LenDale White and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.
The Rosenhaus camp has multiplied exponentially at Baptist Sports Park since Kearse’s return to the Titans in 2008. In the past year or so, Scaife, who was franchised a year ago, Tulloch, and White all signed on with Rosenhaus, and in the past two weeks, Vickerson has decided to go with the super agent as well.
In regards to how any negotiations are or are not progressing, Rosenhaus told The City Paper that he would prefer to keep matters quiet.
“I don’t want to comment on any negotiations right now, and that’s across the board,” Rosenhaus said. “Any negotiations that take place are a private matter between me and the club.”
Of the group of players represented by Rosenhaus, Tulloch is the highest priority on Tennessee’s list. Scheduled to be a restricted free agent in an uncapped year, the Titans are not working extensively on a new deal yet, but are likely to tender Tulloch at the first or second-round tender.
Tulloch was originally a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2005 and his value has escalated past the value of a fourth-round pick as compensation this year. To place a second-round tender on Tulloch would cost the Titans $1.759 million in 2010, while the first-round tender would net Tulloch a salary of $2.521 for the coming season.
Of the other Rosenhaus clients, the Titans will assuredly let Kearse walk away after he lost his starting job to William Hayes during the team’s early-season struggles. Kearse was inactive for a number of weeks after being removed from the starting lineup.
White, too, became a forgotten man behind the heroics of Chris Johnson’s 2,000-yard season, getting just 222 yards on 64 carries. White, a second-round pick in 2006, is expected to be tendered at the lowest level of $1.176 million with the Titans perhaps hoping a team comes shopping for him in order to recoup the second-round pick traded to New England last year for the right to draft tight end Jared Cook.
Scaife’s situation is tricky in that he was the Titans franchise player last year, receiving a $4.46 million tender. Under the CBA rules, the Titans would have to tender him much higher than even the highest normal tender for a fifth-year restricted free agent. Tennessee would have to give Scaife 110 percent of that $4.46 million from a year ago or $4.9 million.
As for Vickerson, who was originally a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, the Titans are likely to place the low tender offer on him of $1.176 million and use their right of first refusal to match any offer within reason.