Titans may try redoing contract of McNair

June 03, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

The Tennessee Titans are unlikely to trade Steve McNair to the Ravens over the next couple of days because they intend to make a run at trying to restructure the contract of the franchise's all-time winningest quarterback.

Because of the Titans' poor salary cap shape, they are not expected to match the Ravens' offer, which included an $11 million signing bonus.

"I'm sure we'll try to get in touch [with McNair's agent]," Titans general manager Floyd Reese told the Nashville City Paper. "What we've said is that we'd like to sit down and have a face-to-face and see what happens."

The Ravens and the Titans have been unable to agree on McNair's trade value.

The Ravens reportedly have offered a conditional fourth-round pick that would escalate to a third-round pick based on McNair's playing time. The Titans want a third-round choice that could bump up to a second-rounder.

Tennessee, however, might be more inclined to part ways with McNair if he shows up at the Titans' training facility next week for voluntary workouts. An arbitrator's ruling last week forced Tennessee to allow McNair to re-enter its headquarters. The Titans are worried that they would have to absorb McNair's $23.46 million salary cap number if he got hurt on their property.

Despite their recent differences, Reese has never ruled out McNair's return.

"I haven't really looked at the Baltimore deal, and I'm not sure that it has any real consequence as to what we do," Reese told the City Paper. "Obviously, from a business standpoint, I'm sure Steve wants the best deal he can possibly get."

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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