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Friday
May012015

Eagles' Chip Kelly Denies Making Blocksbuster Trade Offer for Marcus Mariota

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was no secret that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was more than interested in reuniting with former Oregon and now Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he denies making a massive trade offer in order draft him.

The Titans were reportedly seeking a king's ransom for the second overall pick, and the Eagles were unwilling to pay it.

"It’s like driving into a nice neighborhood and looking at a house and saying, ‘That’s really nice,’ and then they tell you the price and you turn around and drive away. We didn’t walk in the front door. We didn’t take a look around," Kelly clarified Thursday night.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Ealges offered the Titans with two first-round picks, a third-round pick, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and quarterback Sam Bradford.

“That’s false. We never had any conversations about players," said Kelly. "[The talks] didn’t get very far. The starting price for what it was wasn’t where we were gonna go."

Kelly coached Mariota while the two were both at Oregon.


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Friday
May012015

Winston Goes First to Bucs, Mariota Second to Titans

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- There were no curve balls to start the 2015 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the first overall pick on former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, while the Tennessee Titans stayed put and selected former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second pick.

It's long been thought that Winston would be the first pick of the draft, but off-field character concerns left some doubt that the former Heisman Trophy winner would end up in Florida.

"When we were doing the exhaustive process that we went through, not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. "We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That's one of the things that makes him a great player."

Meanwhile, there was much speculation that the Titans would trade out of the No. 2 spot with many teams interested in using that pick on Mariota, but in the end this year's Heisman Trophy winner was too difficult to pass up.

"It was going to be difficult to convince us to back out," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said.

Mariota becomes the first Oregon quarterback to be selected in the first round since Joey Harrington in 2002.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Hakeem Nicks Signs 1-Year Deal with Titans

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.

After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

Nicks was originally selected by the Giants with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

After a solid rookie year, Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Nicks joins a Titans squad that already has Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Kendall Wright at receiver.


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Tuesday
Mar032015

Titans Release Safety Bernard Pollard

NFL via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Coming off an injury-riddled 2015 season, the Tennessee Titans have released veteran safety Bernard Pollard.

"Nashville it's been so much fun. Thank you to all the fans and people I've been blessed meet. Great city, fans and food! #31 is out" Pollard tweeted.

Pollard told The Tennessean that he asked the team to release him, and his request was granted.

"I am a little ticked off to be honest because we didn't do as well as anyone wanted," Pollard told the newspaper. "I wish we could have won more games and made the playoffs. When I came here, I wanted to be a part of a turnaround, so it is a letdown. But I don't have that much time left, and for the time I do have left, I want to go out with a bang."

The 30-year-old Pollard suffered an Achilles injury during the fifth game of the season in 2014, and missed the remainder of the season. He spent two seasons in all in Nashville.

A nine-year veteran, Pollard has played for the Chiefs, Texans, Ravens, and Titans during his career.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Titans OT Michael Roos Retires

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Titans left tackle Michael Roos is hanging up his helmet for good after 10 seasons in the NFL, the club announced on Thursday.

“I’m excited to begin the rest of my life, and I am grateful to do so now, while I am full healthy,” Roos said on his Instagram account.

The Titans originally selected Roos out of Eastern Washington in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft.  He played in 148 career games, recording one fumble recovery.

“On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Michael for his 10 years of outstanding play for our franchise,” Titans CEO & President Tommy Smith said in a statement. “On a weekly basis, he was a player that you could count on to play his best, year after year. He was a true pro and I am thrilled that he was able to play his entire career as a Titan.”

Roos was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008.


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Wednesday
Feb042015

Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeau

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau has found a new home. LeBeau will join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff this Thursday, according to ESPN.com.

"Onward and upward," LeBeau said. "Coaching's been good to me. I've been blessed. Whatever happens next. We'll embrace it."

After spending the past eleven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, that included three Super Bowl appearances and two victories, LeBeau will oversee the Titans defense that allowed 373 yards per game (27th) and 137.3 rushing yards per game (31st).

Last year Ray Horton served as Tennessee's defensive coordinator, but he is expected to take a lesser role as LeBeau steps in. Horton worked as an assistant under LeBeau in Pittsburgh from 2004-2010. 

LeBeau, 77, was widely rumored to join the Arizona Cardinals staff after Todd Bowles left to become the New York Jets head coach.  LeBeau, an Ohio Native, and his wife preferred to stay in an area close to Cincinnati and the proximity of Tennessee is believed to have factored into the decision.


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Saturday
Dec272014

Colts Focused on Building Momentum into the Playoffs

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are 4-3 on the road this year and would like to generate some steam against the Titans on Sunday as they head into the playoffs.

Indianapolis has already clinched their division, but is coming off a 42-7 beating by the Cowboys last weekend.

"We want to go out and win," Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said.  "No matter what's at stake, we want to go out and play well, that's a priority."

The Titans have dropped their last nine in a row and are 1-6 at home this year.

"Nobody is giving up," Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said this week.  "You can see how hard we fight until the very end, and that locker room expects to win (Sunday). That's the way we've been all year and we just have not been able to put it all together yet."


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Thursday
Dec182014

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars 21 (3-12) – Tennessee Titans 13 (2-13)

NBA: Chicago Bulls 103 (16-9) – New York Knicks 97 (5-23)

New Orleans Pelicans 99 (13-12) – Houston Rockets 90 (19-6)

Milwaukee Bucks 108 (14-13) - Sacramento Kings 107 (11-15)

Golden State Warriors 114 (22-3) - Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (12-14)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Duke 66 (10-0) – Connecticut 56 (4-4)

(6) Virginia 70 (10-0) – Cleveland State 54 (5-6)

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 4 (9-19-3; 21pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (19-10-3; 41pts)

Florida Panthers 2 (14-8-8; 36pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (11-14-6; 28pts) SO

Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (21-6-4; 46pts) – Colorado Avalanche 0 (10-13-8; 28pts) OT

Washington Capitals 5 (15-10-6; 36pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (13-15-3; 29pts) OT

Anaheim Ducks 2 (22-7-5; 49pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (20-11-2; 42pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (18-11-4, 40pts) - Edmonton Oilers 3 (7-20-6, 20pts)

Los Angeles Kings 6 (16-11-6, 38pts) - St. Louis Blues 4 (21-9-2, 44pts)


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Titans at Jaguars Thursday Night Preview

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off on Thursday night in a game that could decide their draft position.

Both teams enter the game at 2-12 and want to take home the win during the national spotlight.

The Titans will go with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback after Zach Mettenberger went out with a shoulder injury.

"I feel good about Charlie and what he's done. ...He started against Jacksonville the last time and played a pretty good game," Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He's been a great support in the room, and we have confidence in him that when he plays he's going to be successful."

It may be a tough game for Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles as he's battling a foot injury.

"A lot of them are on me," said Bortles, who has thrown eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

"Some are on the offensive line," Bortles continued. "It's on the whole offense. It's football, so you better be used to getting hit."

"In college, you can run around and do more stuff, but in the NFL guys are a lot faster and stronger," he added. "So it's a little more difficult. You want to be able to get rid of the ball and live another down, not lose 5, 10 yards on third down and create longer field-goal situation. Those are definitely things I'm working on."


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Thursday
Oct232014

Mettenberger To Start For Struggling Titans

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, TN) -- A new era is likely beginning in Tennessee, as the Titans have announced rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger will start this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick out of LSU, will replace struggling starter Jake Locker.  Locker had missed the previous two games with a thumb injury and appeared ready to return, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt had other ideas.

"We're going with Zach and we're going to stay with Zach," Whisenhunt said.

The Titans have had trouble scoring points this season. They are averaging 17.3 points per game, ranking 28th in the NFL. They rank 27th with 320.3 yards per game.

''No question he's a talented, young player, and maybe it'll give us a spark,'' Whisenhunt said. ''Offensively, we haven't exactly been lighting it up, so that's part of it in consideration.''

This will likely be the end of Locker's career as a Titan.  Locker was the first-round pick of the Titans in 2011. Struggling through injuries and inconsistent play, Locker never quite reached the expectations that had him once projected to be the first overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Locker will be a free agent at the end of the season after the Titans declined his 2015 option.


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