Just so we're clear: I don't think the Titans should re-do CJ2K's contract quite yet, but I can't blame the kid for saying he wants to get paid. That concern is more relevant at his position than any other, because no RB gets a good contract after 30, no matter what they've done (except maybe Priest Holmes, but that was the exception). If he can squeeze two monster contracts in there before he hits 30, then more power to him. All of this goodwill is contingent on the idea that he's not going to keep whining to the press or hold-out, however.
Since Roger Goodell called an uncapped year in 2010 'virtually certain', Terry McCormick takes a look at how that situation would impact the six Titans who would be denied unrestricted free agency: Tony Brown, Kevin Vickerson, Dave Ball, LenDale White, Bo Scaife and Stephen Tulloch. Perhaps the most disappointing effect is that the RFA tender is tied directly to where a player was drafted, so even though Scaife (Bo must be tendered higher than his franchise tag brought last year), Brown and Tully are clearly the superior players, LenDale will get the biggest tender (assuming the Titans exercise that option).
Local product Golden Tate is preparing for the draft, and McCormick catches up with the stud WR to see how that's going. Few players in the draft have as much hinging on their height/weight measurements and their 40-time as Tate, despite being one of the most prolific WRs in recent years while at Notre Dame.
Follow us through the jump if you wanna see me torch Mike Vick, then smoothly transition into commentary on the Oscar nominations for Best Picture...
Mike Vick claims he's still a top 10 QB in the NFL, despite the fact that he's spent more time making license plates than making reads over the last 3 years. Add to that the fact that he was barely in that conversation in his prime, and the grown man is talking with the foolish vibrato of a scared kid. He may have been in the top 10 most exciting QBs, but he wasn't one of the 10 best. You name the year and in the comments I'll give you 10 guys who were better that season.
Gary Kubiak is getting an extension that could run through 2013, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Kubes was heading to the 2010 season with only a year left on his contract, but I get the feeling the extra years are probably payable in monopoly money if he's canned for not winning a playoff game.
News is slow around the football world, so let look at the newly watered-down Oscar nominations! Sure, The Blindside was nominated for Best Picture, but the winner has to be The Hurt Locker, and it's not even a contest (though admittedly I haven't seen Precious, and anyone is forgiven for voting for any Coen brothers movie ever). That movie is a masterpiece, and not even a few qualms I had with the final minutes can change that. Jeremy Renner (who was the star of the best TV show to get canceled this past year: The Unusuals) was perfect for that role, but probably doesn't stand a chance against Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela in any movie where Clint Eastwood even walks by a camera.
Titans news is dry as a well, so you folks got any good draft links? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!