Tennessee Titans Wiretap

Buccaneers Had Winston 1A, Mariota 1B In 2015

May 22, 2016 4:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled to make a decision between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans' general manager Jon Robinson was with the Buccaneers during that draft decision.

"I mean it was a tough decision in Tampa for us last year," Robinson told Jim Rome. "I was heavily involved in that process, and it really wasn't a 1-2, it was more of a 1a -- 1b, where we really couldn't go wrong with either player."

Robinson became sold on Mariota well before the 2015 draft.

"You notice good football players on the road when you're scouting, and he was a guy that had a quiet confidence about him that distributed the football well, that had a unique balance of arm talent and athleticism and just thought he was going to be a really good football player," Robinson said.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

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Chargers Claim Zach Mettenberger Off Waivers

May 17, 2016 6:16 PM

The San Diego Chargers have claimed Zach Mettenberger off waivers.

Mettenberger was waived this week by the Tennessee Titans.

The Chargers held the No. 2 waiver wire priority behind the Cleveland Browns and reunite Mettenberger with Ken Whisenhunt.

Mettenberger offers prototypical pocket quarterback size, a big arm and a willingness to squeeze the ball into tight spaces. Mettenberger has a QBR of just 16.5 over the past two seasons.

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Waiver

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Titans Release Zach Mettenberger

May 16, 2016 11:13 AM

Zach Mettenberger has been waived by the Tennessee Titans.

Mettenberger started 10 games over two seasons. The Titans didn't win any of those games.

Mettenberger, who has a big arm but limited mobility, completed 60.3 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 75.4 passer rating for the Titans.

Marcus Mariota will be the starter again this season while the Titans signed Matt Cassel as his backup when free agency opened.


Tags: Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Ryan Cowden Joins Titans' Front Office

May 4, 2016 5:30 PM

Jon Robinson has recreated a director of player personnel post in the Tennessee Titans' front office and will fill it with Ryan Cowden, according to a league source.

Cowden previously served as Carolina's assistant director of college scouting.

Cowden presumably will work between Robinson and Blake Beddingfield, the director of college scouting, and Brian Gardner, the pro scouting coordinator.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

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Titans Claim DeMarco Murray 'Loved' Derrick Henry Pick

May 2, 2016 12:07 PM

The Tennessee Titans claim DeMarco Murray was fine with the team selecting Derrick Henry in the second round.

Mike Mularkey phoned Murray immediately after the Henry selection to ensure him he wouldn't be losing his job for the second straight season.

"First of all, he loved the pick," Mularkey said of Murray, via the team's official website. "And he said, 'He's going to make me better and I am going to do the same for him.' He said, 'I'm going to do whatever I can to make him a great player."

Mularkey insists Murray is entrenched as the lead back.

"I told DeMarco, 'Nothing has changed since we made the trade for you. You're still going to be the guy who is going to carry the load for us and I know when you need to take a break and come off the field there will be no letdown when the next running back comes in, whoever that is'," Mularkey explained. "That is our mindset and I told him that directly not long after we made that pick, that he was clear with the direction we were going to go with it."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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

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Jerry Jones Compares Titans-Rams Trade To Herschel Walker Deal

Apr 15, 2016 6:41 PM

Jerry Jones compared the Tennessee Titans' trade of the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams to the Herschel Walker trade he made after buying the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings to rebuild their roster.

"I was surprised, but knowing the organization I'm not surprised," Jones said Thursday night, via ESPN.com. "They're really showing their colors. Step out there and go to Los Angeles, and then when you look at how they're setting their sails and it doesn't surprise me at all with what they're looking for in the future. It goes to show you certainly need to be thinking about your moves way in advance of the draft if you're going to go this early. I applaud them. It sounds like they got (what) they wanted.

"Then you've got to look at Tennessee and see all those draft picks. I didn't know Herschel Walker was still around."

Jones' Herschel Walker trade comment is the most interesting aspect of his take.


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

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Rams Acquire First Overall Pick From Titans

Apr 14, 2016 10:40 AM

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.

The Rams can now select the quarterback of their choice as they relocate to Los Angeles, likely Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

"Our philosophy has always been to build through the draft," Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. "This trade is a reflection of that goal and [owner Stan] Kroenke's dedication to assembling a winning team on the field."

The Rams and Titans agreed upon the trade on Wednesday night, but agreed to withhold leaking it to the media until Thursday to not interfere with Kobe Bryant's final game. 

"Kobe deserved his night. There was no reason for this trade to be announced on his night,” said a Rams' official.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Titans Want 'King's Ransom' For Top Overall Oick

Mar 20, 2016 12:50 AM

The Tennessee Titans own the top overall pick and will have a high asking price to trade down.

The Titans are widely projected to take Laremy Tunsil with the first overall pick.

"There is a group of players that are at the top of the draft, that, you don't want to move back too far cause you can miss out on one of those guys, and if you do move back that far you want to make sure that you have a king's ransom, for lack of a better term, to move that far," GM Jon Robinson said, according to ESPN. "I would say that for us to move out of that pick, it's going to take a substantial amount of picks to do that."

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

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Titans Trade For DeMarco Murray

Mar 7, 2016 7:07 PM

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to trade for DeMarco Murray with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Murray signed with the Eagles last offseason after Chip Kelly traded LeSean McCoy away to the Buffalo Bills.

During the 2014 season, Murray rushed for 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Polian: Peyton Manning Qualified To Immediately Become NFL GM

Feb 10, 2016 8:31 PM

Bill Polian believes Peyton Manning is qualified to immediately become an NFL general manager.

"I believe he could very quickly fill the role that John Elway fills with the Broncos," Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian told SiriusXM NFL Radio, per coachingsearch.com. "The reason I say that is, during our 14 years together in Indianapolis, he would often discuss with me prospects coming out in the draft, SEC players he'd seen, players he'd seen in other parts of the country. He pays close attention to the rosters of the other players in the league, with specific attention to the AFC."

Said Polian: "He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every player on every defense in the AFC and many on offense, because he met them and got to know them at the Pro Bowl and soaked up information. He is a football nerd, as am I. He's more than prepared to do that job."

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns have been linked to working with Manning once he retires.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Mike Mularkey Hired By Titans As Head Coach
Mike Mularkey finished out the season as interim head coach for Ken Whisenhunt.

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Titans Hire Jon Robinson As General Manager
Jon Robinson has been director of college scouting for the Buccaneers since 2009.

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Ken Whisenhunt Hired By Chargers As Offensive Coordinator
Ken Whisenhunt was fired during the regular season and his name came up as a possible hire for the Chargers when Frank Reich was dispatched earlier this month.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Giants, 49ers, Browns, Titans Interested In Chip Kelly
The Giants would offer Chip Kelly the opportunity to remain in the NFC East.

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Titans Part Ways With Ruston Webster
The Titans have a 5-27 record over the past two seasons.

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Titans, Browns, Chargers Own Top-3 Picks In 2016 NFL Draft
The Titans will own the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft one season after drafting second overall.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chip Kelly Wants To Remain In NFL
The Titans have already been linked to Chip Kelly, which would represent an opportunity for him to reunite with Marcus Mariota.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Marcus Mariota May Miss Remainder Of Season With Knee Injury
Marcus Mariota missed time earlier this season with a knee issue and injured it in Week 15.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Titans, Browns, Chargers In Three-Team Race For First Overall Pick
The first tiebreaker for the draft order is strength of schedule.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Jeff Fisher Had Jay Cutler Ahead Vince Young In 2006
The Titans selected Vince Young with the third overall pick while Jay Cutler fell to 11th.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt
The Titans were 3-20 overall under Ken Whisenhunt, who signed a five-year deal in 2014.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Marcus Mariota Out For 2nd Straight Week
Zach Mettenberger will start in place of Marcus Mariota.

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Whisenhunt: Hit On Mariota Was 'B.S. Football'
Olivier Vernon crept up behind Marcus Mariota after a pass and went in quite low on him.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

David Fluellen Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Titans
David Fluellen has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Titans.

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Marcus Mariota Signs Rookie Contract With Titans
Marcus Mariota was the final remaining unsigned first round pick.

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Justin Hunter Charged With Felony Assault
Justin Hunter became a suspect after a victim was taken to a hospital with injuries suffered during the incident.

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Titans Refuse To Budge On Offset Clause In Marcus Mariota's Contract
If the Titans give Marcus Mariota a contract without offset language, that would allow him to "double dip" and receive payment from another team.

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