Lewan Said He Was Breaking Up Fight When Charged In College Incident

Titans rookie tackle Taylor Lewan has said repeatedly he was merely breaking up a fight the night he was charged in an incident while in college but his ex-girlfriend and the alleged victim say otherwise, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Lewan, a first-round pick of the Titans who played at Michigan, is facing three misdemeanor charges — one count of aggravated assault, two counts of assault and battery — stemming from the Dec. 1 incident on campus after the Ohio State-Michigan game.

According to a 36-page Ann Arbor police report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, James Hughes of Denver said Lewan hit him in the face and Alexandra Dileo, whose brother was a teammate of Lewan’s, said “Taylor is lying” about his actions.

“He knocked the guy to the ground and he punched him,” she told police in a telephone interview Jan. 29, according to the report. Per the report, she recalled hearing Lewan tell his mother “I knocked a guy out” the next morning while they were having breakfast.

Lewan is scheduled to return to a Michigan court room on June 16 after his pretrial hearing was delayed during a court appearance earlier this month. His attorney, John A. Shea, entered a not guilty plea for Lewan “at my request for further investigation.”

Lewan, Hughes, Dileo and others interviewed by police acknowledged they had been drinking alcohol on the night in question. Lewan’s motives were “related to the University of Michigan and Ohio State rivalry and to levels of intoxication,” according to the report. Hughes is an Ohio State fan.

Lewan told police he was only separating people in the fight, something he told reporters after being selected by the Titans.

“I was completely breaking things up,” Lewan said. “I did push guys to get everything out of the way. I never struck a man (with a) closed fist or anything of that nature. The thing is, I explained to (the Titans) everything and told them the truth, that’s what it was. I’m happy that (the Titans) believed me.”

Titans Go OL in Round One – Take Taylor Lewan with 11th Pick

2014 NFL Draft

The Titans went big in round one, taking Michigan 6’7, 309 pound offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He will boost a line with a new running back with Chris Johnson gone, and will help protect Jake Locker in the passing game.

Previewing the 2014 Tennessee Titans Schedule

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The Tennessee Titans will start anew in 2014, as new head coach Ken Whisenhunt takes over with his own idea of what the Titans needs to do to get back to the playoffs. Bringing on offensive weapons Dexter McCluster and beefing up the defense should play a helping hand, while the deciding factor will undoubtedly be whether or not quarterback Jake Locker can finally realize his potential.

 

The Tennessee Titans schedule could make it difficult for Locker and co. to get it done in 2014, as their home games alone offer some stiff tests against the Cowboys and Steelers. Depending on whether they can rebound, the New York Giants and New York Jets could also be stiff tests, while the Cleveland Browns is arguably Tennessee’s only “easy” home game of the year outside of the division.

 

On the road, Tennessee has some work in front of them, as they travel to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington. The Redskins could be a road game the Titans claim, but overall their schedule could prove to be quite challenging.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Titans Cut RB Chris Johnson

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The Titans have cut running back Chris Johnson, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million this year following a season when he ran for 1,077 yards and a career-low average of 3.9 yards per carry. The Titans attempted to trade him after the start of the league new year on March 11, but could not work out a deal with any other team.

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement released by the team.

“We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

Johnson put out a statement on his release late Friday afternoon.

“I’d like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans. I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents to a new organization. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to contribute to my new team.”

Nate Washington Faces An Uncertain Future With The Titans

Not knowing your NFL future can be a tough fate for players who are on the bubble to be back due to their salary or the fact they may be on the verge of being replaced.

That’s what’s facing Titans WR Nate Washington, who still is unsure if he will be able to return to Tennessee in 2014, most likely not unless he takes a pay cut.

Washington is set to make $4.8 million in 2014, a season that could see him reunite with Ken Whisenhunt, his former OC when he was a young WR with the Steelers.

“I think he loves me and I love that guy,” Washington said, via the Tennessean about his new coach.

“But it’s a business. Could he sit here today and tell you he’s going to get rid of me? I’m pretty sure he couldn’t. And I could never sit here and tell you that I’m gone. At the end of the day, I love coach Whisenhunt and I love the Titans. I feel the same amount of love coming back from the Titans and the city.

So whatever [the future] brings, it brings. But I will guarantee that my preparation for the city and this season will be there.”

Is there room for Washington on a Titans team with young hungry WR’s like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter?

That’s a big question, and one that may have to be answered by Washington and his hefty salary. Last season he pulled in 58 passes for 919 yards and three touchdowns, not huge numbers, but he brings a solid veteran presence to a young team.

For now, Washington’s future with the Titans remains up in the air.

It’s a fate he hopes will be determined sooner rather than later so he can get back to work getting set for the 2014 campaign.

Prisco: Titans To Take USC WR Marqise Lee With 11th Pick In Draft

USC WR Marqise Lee

CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Titans taking USC WR Marqise Lee with the 11th pick.

11. Tennessee Titans — USC WR Marqise Lee: They need a deep threat to go with Kendall Wright. Oh, they also might need a quarterback. But who?

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

Titans Likely To Let CB Verner Test The Free Agent Market

Alterraun Verner

NFL teams can begin using franchise and transition tags on Monday.

Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is expected to command big money in the open market, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

The bet here is the Titans let him test the market in free agency to gauge his real value. If he gets offered big money elsewhere, he’s likely gone.

The franchise tag would cost the Titans roughly $11.2 million, and that’s a hefty price tag on a one-year deal, especially since they are paying cornerback Jason McCourty an average of $8.608 million per year.

Titans’ Kamerion Wimbley Wants To Be on Team Next Season

DE Kamerion Wimbley Wants to Stay with Tennessee Titans

In 2013, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley recorded just three sacks and 24 tackles — failing the expectations the Titans had when signing him to a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2012 season. Wimbley became a situational pass rusher and was not on the field every play over the course of the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wimbley was on the field just 33.1% of the time during the course of a football game, taking 390 total defensive snaps 268 of them on pass plays.

Wimbley is reportedly excited to get to work with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Also, Wibley is happy about some potential changes in the defensive scheme under coordinator Ray Horton, who specializes in the 3-4 defense which is the same defense Wimbley played in during his time with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

Wimbley is scheduled to make $6 million in 2014, and with a lack of success last season, are the Titans going to want the pass rusher back?

“I would love to be back, and I expect to be back in a Titans uniform,’’ Wimbley told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “They are doing some exciting things. My contract is not up, and I am training as hard if not harder than I’ve trained any other offseason.”

Prior to his time with the Titans, Wimbley was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Wimbley recorded 42.5 sacks in a six year span. His best production came when Wimbley was an outside linebacker.

The temptation to keep Wimbley is there but have the Titans seen enough to release the veteran?

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