Britt, Titans agree to five-year deal

Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 7:22pm

The Tennessee Titans have reached an agreement with first-round pick wide receiver Kenny Britt, his agent confirmed on Saturday.

The deal was not completed in time for Britt to make Saturday afternoon’s practice, but Titans coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that the wide receiver is in Nashville and should sign his deal in time to be on the field for Sunday’s practice.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be worth around $12 million.

The agreement came together after 29th pick Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants and 31st pick Chris Wells of the Arizona Cardinals both finalized their deals earlier on Saturday.

An ESPN report had Nicks’ deal with the Giants worth $12.5 million with $6.5 million in guaranteed money. The way the NFL system usually works, Britt’s contract should be worth slightly under that package.

Britt is expected to come in and compete for a spot in the receiver rotation. Justin Gage and Nate Washington appear firmly entrenched as starters, with Chris Davis currently in the third spot and Lavelle Hawkins fourth in the pecking order.

Practice report

Saturday’s practice took place in a steady rain, one that a number of fans made it through. Many were rewarded by autographs from Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck who signed for more than an hour after practice ended.

As Bulluck first made his way onto the start of practice, the linebacker was greeted with cheers from the crowd. Bulluck, entering the final year of his contract, smiled and shouted back to the fans, “What are y’all gonna do if you can’t cheer me next year?”

As for plays on the field, rookie tight end Jared Cook was involved in back-to-back in a red zone drill with cornerback Tanard Davis and quarterback Patrick Ramsey – one good and one bad.
First, Davis slipped in underneath Cook and intercepted a pass. But on the next play, Cook went up high and caught a touchdown pass over Davis, who fell to the ground.

Cook also had a nice catch over Michael Griffin in one-on-one period.

Receiver Lavelle Hawkins had a nice catch on a deep sideline pattern, but was out for a few plays because he landed on the ball and it knocked the wind out of him.

Receiver/return man Mark Jones was held out of most of Saturday’s work with a tight hamstring, while Rob Bironas missed his second straight day.

Kicking in Bironas’ stead Saturday was punter Craig Hentrich, who proved much more accurate than rookie A.J. Trapasso had been Friday.

Jeff Fisher indicated that Bironas might be available to kick on Sunday.

No interest

Former Jacksonville receiver Matt Jones told an Arkansas radio station recently that the Titans were one of four teams his agent David Butz had had conversations with, the Cowboys, Jets and Bears being the others.

However, Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt refuted that, saying there was no interest in Jones, who had 65 receptions last year for the Jaguars, but has had off-field issues related to substance abuse.

“I haven’t talked him, and he’s not a guy we’d be interested in at this point,” Reinfeldt said.




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