McNair still in holding pattern

Quarterback pursued by Ravens must pass physical before working out at Titans' facility

Pro Football

The Kickoff

June 06, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

The Ravens' ongoing wait for Steve McNair continued as the 11-year veteran quarterback was unable to work out at the Tennessee Titans' training facility yesterday because he has to take a physical.

McNair was informed by the Titans that he failed his exit physical at the end of last season so he needs to pass another one before he can work out at their training complex.

Tennessee officials told McNair that no one could administer a physical until today or tomorrow.

McNair won the right to re-enter the Titans' facility last week, when an arbitrator ruled Tennessee had no right to ban him from there. Titans officials never mentioned the failed physical in the grievance hearing.

McNair was sidelined twice last season, missing the Oct. 23 game at Arizona (back and ankle) and the season finale at Jacksonville (strained pectoral muscle).

On Thursday, McNair said he was in fine shape.

"I work out every day," he said. "I've been in this game a long time and I know as you get older, it takes a lot more to stay in shape and to play 16 games."

The Ravens are expected to sign McNair immediately once he is traded or released by the Titans. He has already agreed on a contract with the Ravens that includes an $11 million signing bonus.

Tennessee is trying to make another run at trying to restructure McNair's contract. Team officials are looking to set up a face-to-face meeting with McNair's agent to see if there is any way they can reduce his $23.46 million salary cap number. But the consensus among league observers is that the Titans will be unable to do so.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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