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Whisenhunt: Marcus Mariota Would Be Day 1 Starter If Selected At No. 2

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 PM

Ken Whisenhunt believes Marcus Mariota is ready to start from Day 1 in the NFL.

“If he comes to us at No. 2, he’s definitely going to be the Day 1 starter,” Whisenhunt said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “I’m very impressed by Marcus.”

Whisenhunt later clarified that the Tennessee Titans would only draft a quarterback second overall with that type of expectation since it is such a big investment. The Titans currently have Zach Mettenberger and Charlie Whitehurst on the roster.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Haslam Could Swap Browns' Ownership For Titans

Mar 23, 2015 5:24 PM

The Tennessee Titans are getting closer to being sold and the possibility of Jimmy Haslam trading his ownership of the Cleveland Browns is possible.

Haslam badly wanted to own the Titans in his home state of Tennessee, but he chose several years ago to instead purchase the Browns when they became available.

Dave Tepper is considered the frontrunner to buy the Titans. Tepper is a Pittsburgh guy who owns five percent of the Steelers.

"Don't ignore the possibility of a swap with the Browns when that time comes," said one source who deals directly with many ownership groups. 

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans

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Several Teams Concerned Marcus Mariota Prefers Fit Over Going 1st

Mar 20, 2015 4:58 PM

Marcus Mariota recently said the prospect of being the first player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft wasn't a "huge thing" for him.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, “more than a few teams” have taken issue with the statement.

Here is the question Mariota was asked by Buccaneers.com writer Scott Smith:

“The draft’s just a little bit ahead now. If the Buccaneers did make that pick, that would be the first pick in the draft, something only a few men every year have a shot at. Is that something that’s important to you?

Here was Mariota’s response:

“You know, being the first pick, to me, it’s not a huge thing. You know, I’d love to play for the Bucs. But that being said, you know, I think if you find a team that wants you, that’s going to be the right team. I’m looking forward to kind of marketing myself and finding that team.”

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report (via PFT)

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

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Titans To Host Workout, Visit From Jameis Winston

Mar 20, 2015 12:02 PM

The Tennessee Titans will host Jameis Winston for a workout and visit.

Winston has already visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who own the No. 1 overall pick.

The Titans will also host Marcus Mariota for a similar workout.

Winston would help fill the Titans' need for a quarterback should he not go first overall to the Buccaneers.

Chase Goodbread/NFL.com

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Dick LeBeau Hired By Titans To Run Defense

Feb 3, 2015 8:35 PM

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to hire Dick LeBeau as assistant head coach and he'll be in charge of the defense.

Ken Whisenhunt reached out to LeBeau not long after, and more recently convinced him to join the organization per sources. Whisenhunt and LeBeau coached together previously with the Steelers.

 

Ray Horton will remain on the staff as defensive coordinator.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1

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Rams Interested In Trading For Nick Foles

Jan 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The St. Louis Rams have interest in trading for Nick Foles.

Foles could be made available this offseason by the Philadelphia Eagles as they also have interest in trading up for Marcus Mariota.

The Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans could also have interest in Foles.

"Love him," one NFL coach said of Foles. "Right now I would put him in the second or third tier of quarterbacks, but I think he is right on the cusp of being in the top tier at the position."

Foles inability to escape pressure was highlighted last season as the offensive line suffered through a season of injuries and poor play. 

 

Foles has been quiet since his injury, but did make it clear in his lone interview that he expects to be with the Eagles next season.

"I expect to be back here," Foles said. "I expect to be the quarterback. I love my teammates, and I expect to be back out there leading them and winning some games. I'm excited to come back better than I ever have been."

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Tags: Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Eagles Will Try To Move Up For Marcus Mariota

Jan 20, 2015 8:09 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles plan on trying to move up in the 2015 NFL Draft to select Marcus Mariota.

The Eagles have the 20th overall pick and Mariota is expected to be one of the first five selections.

"From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy,'' said the person, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak on the subject. "It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.''

 

Chip Kelly coached Mariota at Oregon during his first two collegiate seasons.

Most recently, Kelly compared Mariota to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

 

"Obviously, [with] my relationship with Coach Kelly, it'd be a lot of fun to be a part of that offense and be a part of that team," Mariota said.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the top overall selection, while the Tennessee Titans own the second pick.

Mark Eckel/Trenton Times

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Jameis Winston Leaves Florida State For NFL Draft

Jan 7, 2015 10:51 AM

Jameis Winston will leave Florida State for the 2015 NFL Draft, his father said Wednesday.

Initially, Antonor Winston said his son planned to wait until after the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T to announce a decision, but instead, Jameis Winston came to a firm decision Tuesday night that he was ready to enter the NFL draft.

ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has Winston rated as the second-best quarterback behind 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and the sixth player overall on his latest Big Board. Kiper believes that Winston has special pocket instincts and the necessary vision, size, arm strength and athleticism to make it in the NFL.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, ESPN's Todd McShay said he believes that Winston is a better pro prospect than Mariota.

"[Florida State quarterback] Jameis Winston, to me, is the better prospect,'' McShay said. "Marcus Mariota is still a very good prospect but needs developing. They both have a chance to be great. But they both come with red flags. Winston's red flags are off the field.''

David M. Hale/ESPN

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Jameis Winston Won't Announce Decision Until After Championship

Jan 6, 2015 4:06 PM

Jameis Winston won't announce a decision on whether he'll enter the NFL draft until after the College Football Playoff National Championship, his father said Tuesday.

Antonor Winston said the timetable for an announcement will be sometime after Monday.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15.

Winston redshirted in 2012 as a true freshman, but in his two seasons of action, he threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns, was 26-1 as a starter and won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship in 2013.

David M. Hale/ESPN

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Titans Deny Request From Buccaneers To Interview Mike Mularkey
Mike Mularkey is currently the Titans' tight end coach.

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Zach Mettenberger Out For Season With AC Joint Separation
Zach Mettenberger had an 83.4 passer rating in seven games for the Titans.

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Titans To Overhaul Roster In Offseason
The Titans' roster will look much different next season.

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Justin Hunter Remains In Hospital With Lacerated Spleen
Justin Hunter will remain in a hospital in Houston and is expected to be released in the next day or so as he continues to be monitored while being treated for a lacerated spleen.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Texans, Titans Interested In Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason and the Browns have been in wait-and-see mode on his long-term future.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Zach Mettenberger Encouraged By Titans To Cut Hair, Trim Mustache
Fans and media had fun with Zach Mettenberger's wild hair and mustache when he was named the starter last week.

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Rob Bironas Tried To Run Woman Off Road Before Accident
Rob Bironas allegedly tried to run a woman off the road just moments after his fatal accident.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

Rob Bironas Passes Away In Car Accident
Rob Bironas was a placekicker for the Titans for nine seasons before his release in March.

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Jurrell Casey Signs Four-Year, $36M Extension With Titans
Jurrell Casey is now the highest-paid player on the Titans.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Titans Become Last Team To Sign 1st Round Pick For 2nd Straight Season
The Titans have yet to sign Taylor Lewan to his rookie contract.

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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

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2014 NFL Draft: Complete First Round
Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to go first overall to the Texans back in January, but they instead went with Jadeveon Clowny and the QB was selected by the Vikings at No. 32.

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Buccaneers Interested In Trading Mike Glennon For 2nd Round Pick
The Titans, Cardinals, Patriots and Bears are potential landing spots for Mike Glennon.

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Zach Mettenberger To Work Out For Titans
During his pro day on April 10, Zach Mettenberger threw nearly 125 passes and made every throw while wearing a helmet and shoulder pads.

ESPN

Seahawks To Host Packers To Launch 2014 NFL Season
The Seahawks will play the Packers to open up the NFL season.

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Kamerion Wimbley Agrees To Restructured Deal With Titans
Kamerion Wimbley was scheduled to make $9 million in 2014 and instead will take a three-year, $9 million deal.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Titans Release Chris Johnson; Cowboys, Giants Jets Could Pursue
Chris Johnson averaged 3.9 yards per carry in 2013, the worst mark of his career.

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Kenny Britt Agrees To $1.4M Deal With Rams
Jeff Fisher was with the Titans when Kenny Britt was drafted.

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Titans Unlikely To Pick Up Option On Jake Locker
The Titans could consider giving Jake Locker a new contract after the 2014 season, but they clearly don't trust him enough to pick up his option now.

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