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Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2008-12-30


Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2008-12-30
--Contract talks with DT Albert Haynesworth reopened on Monday for the first time since league rules dictated that they cease last July 15. Haynesworth was given the franchise tag last February, and he and the Titans could not agree to a long-term extension by that deadline, which meant talks were halted until after the regular season.


Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt and Haynesworth's agent Chad Speck did speak on Monday to regenerate the talks, but Speck indicated that talks are very preliminary.

The Titans lost their right to franchise Haynesworth again in 2009 because he met the incentives placed into the tender offer he signed before the season. That means there is a limited window before free agency begins to get a long-term deal done and keep Haynesworth off the market.

"Mike called me today and expressed the Titans interest to begin negotiations on a long term deal for Albert," Speck said. "We had a preliminary discussion and our talks are in the very early stages. It is my intent to keep any future conversations I have with the Titans regarding Albert's contract private for the time being. I would echo Coach Fisher's comments by saying that Albert is focused on getting his knee healthy and continuing his dominating play in the playoffs."

Haynesworth missed the final two regular season game with a sprained MCL but is expected to play in the playoffs in two weeks.

--Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's name is beginning to make the rounds as a potential head coaching candidate. Assistant coaches from playoff teams are now allowed to interview for coaching vacancies during a team's bye week, rather than wait until the end of the regular season.

Various openings where Schwartz's name has potentially been linked to include Detroit, St. Louis and Cleveland.

Schwartz was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching vacancy when they hired Mike Nolan, but dropped off the radar while the Titans struggled. His name has re-emerged as a potential head coaching candidate this year as the Titans have ascended to the league's best record thanks largely to a strong defense.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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