Ex-Titan Bennett to visit Browns

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 2:17pm

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Drew Bennett was heading to Cleveland on Tuesday to visit with the Browns and take a physical, according to a league source.

Bennett, a former undrafted free agent in 2001, who made good with the Titans before departing for a big free agent deal with St. Louis, was released by the Rams as a salary cap casualty after two injury-plagued seasons there.

Bennett, 30, had his best season for the Titans in 2004 with 80 catches for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns. The former UCLA quarterback had 273 catches for the Titans during six seasons in Tennessee, earning a three-year contract extension from the Titans before the 2004 season.

Bennett left the Titans after the 2006 season, signing a $30 million free-agent deal with the Rams that included $10 million in guaranteed money. He played in 14 games his first season in St. Louis and had 33 receptions, but had just one catch last year after suffering a foot injury in the season opener that eventually landed him on injured reserve.

Since being let go by the Rams, there has been considerable speculation that the Titans might try to re-sign Bennett and reunite him with his old offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger.

Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt indicated during draft weekend that Tennessee still could be in the market for a veteran wide receiver, even after selecting Kenny Britt in the first round of the draft on Saturday. The Titans had had overtures about Anquan Boldin of Arizona leading up to the draft, though nothing materialized and had visited with ex-Ram Torry Holt, who eventually signed in Jacksonville.

In Cleveland, the receiving corps is undergoing a makeover, after drafting rookies Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi in the second round Saturday. The Browns have been shopping former first-round pick Braylon Edwards and likely will be without receiver Donte Stallworth, who is facing legal troubles stemming from the deal of a pedestrian in an automobile accident.

NUMBERS GAME

For those who like to check out jersey numbers, rookie first-round pick Kenny Britt will wear No. 18 this season.

Second-round choice Sen’Derrick Marks will lineup in Brad Hopkins’ old No. 72 jersey, while third round tight end Jared Cook gets Frank Wycheck’s former No. 89.

Here are the other rookie draft picks numbers: cornerback Ryan Mouton (29), linebacker Gerald McRath (51), tackle Troy Kropog (70), running back Javon Ringer (3, a number that will have to change in games), cornerback Jason McCourty (30), receiver Dominique Edison (19), guard Ryan Durand (77) and safety Nick Schommer (39).

Numbers assigned to the undrafted rookie free agents include defensive tackle Mitch King (62), guard Ryan Schmidt (79), quarterback Alex Mortensen (8), running back Rodney Ferguson (44), receiver Dudley Guice (13), punter A.J. Trapasso (4), receiver Phillip Morris (16) and cornerback Jeremy Haynes (46).

Other newcomers to the Titans, regarding recent free agent signings: quarterback Patrick Ramsey (7), cornerback DeMarcus Faggins (38) and kick returner Mark Jones (84).

3 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 4/28/09 at 12:45

The Titans made out like a bandit by not re-signing this fellow.

By: TitansFan035 on 4/28/09 at 2:23

For real he had Bust writen all over from day one! I am so glad the Titans didn't bring him back again!!!!

By: MathGeek on 4/29/09 at 3:32

Since Drew's departure the receiving core has been....what's the word??? Horrible? Awful? Useless? Missing? Unproductive? Hmmmm, all those, and yet so many more words fit the bill too.