Free agency continues to get closer, and the Titans look like they are starting to feel the heat about the chance of losing DE Albert Haynesworth, as they have reportedly increased their offer to him. Today’s Nashville City Paper talks about the team throwing more money at the player who is many boards is the number one free agent.
The Tennessee Titans and Chad Speck, the agent for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, had a “productive” meeting last weekend at the NFL Combine that resulted in the Titans increasing their offer to Haynesworth, according to a league source. Neither Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt nor Speck could be reached for comment.
Haynesworth will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, unless and he and the Titans can agree on a contract extension before then. Haynesworth is believed to be seeking a deal that could make him the highest paid defensive player in the league, with guaranteed money that could reach $35 million. It is believed, according to a source, that the Titans are probably unwilling to meet such a figure. According to reports, the initial offer was for four years and a reported $36 million.
According to a source, approximately $20-25 million of that would have been in guarantees. How much the Titans have increased their offer is not yet known, but speculation is that if Haynesworth reaches the open market some team will likely come close to meeting his demands.
If Haynesworth does hit free agency, look for a number of teams to make a quick and serious run at him, as he’s the biggest and best free agent out there, and he won’t last for long on the open market.