With the deadline to do so closing in, the Titans Thursday put the franchise tag on tight end Bo Scaife. The move was done a few hours before the deadline teams had to put the tag on players for the 2009 season. The TE was the teams leading pass catcher in 2008, as he pulled in a career-high 58 catches for 561 yards with two touchdowns.
The franchise tag means Scaife will earn $4.46 million for 2009, the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position. Another team can attempt to sign Scaife, but the Titans would have the chance to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation. The Titans also have until July 15th to try and reach a long-term deal with him.
Scaife’s agent, Kevin Roberson, had said recently that Scaife intended to test the market once free agency a week from tomorrow. He was going to be a guy on the list of a number of teams that were on the lookout for a good pass catching tight end.
He’s played well in his four seasons with the club, missing just two games, and pulling in 170 career catches for 1625 yards with seven touchdowns. The team was talking about putting the tag on kicker Rob Bironas, but the team and the kicker were able to agree on a four-year deal worth $12 mil.
The Titans still have 12 other players who become free agents on next Friday, with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wanting to become the league’s highest-paid defensive lineman after being slapped with the franchise tag for 2008. He played the season for $7.92 million.