Injury to Titan may speed exit of McNair

Pro football

May 04, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

An accident could prompt the Tennessee Titans to part ways with quarterback Steve McNair sooner than they would like.

The Titans' Michael Waddell will be sidelined four to six months after suffering a knee injury while playing with his 2-year-old son, leaving Tennessee short on depth and experience at cornerback.

To make a free-agent signing, the Titans likely would have to release McNair, who counts $23 million against their salary cap. Tennessee is reportedly $112,000 under the cap.

Titans officials are tentatively scheduled to meet next week with free-agent cornerback Ty Law. They also have spoken with free agent Ahmed Plummer.

According to a league source, Tennessee is preparing to hold on to McNair until they would need to sign their draft picks in July, a delay that could force the Ravens to increase their trade offer from a fifth-round pick.

The Ravens are expected to immediately pursue McNair once he is released. Ravens officials received permission Sunday to talk to McNair's agent, who appeared "agreeable" to a new deal.

Note -- The San Francisco 49ers signed unrestricted free-agent safety Chad Williams to a contract. Williams played for four years with the Ravens after being a sixth-round draft pick from Southern Mississippi in 2002. San Francisco coach Mike Nolan coached Williams during his stint as the Ravens' defensive coordinator. Williams played 64 games with the Ravens, accumulating 158 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and 5 1/2 sacks. He also has scored three defensive touchdowns on interceptions returns.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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