Could the Tennessee Titans reunion tour continue with the addition of Justin McCareins?
McCareins was at Baptist Sports Park on Thursday and said that while nothing is definite, he would welcome the opportunity to come back to the place where his career first blossomed.
In this off-season, the Titans have already brought back offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger from Denver and on Thursday agreed to terms with former defensive end Jevon Kearse on a two-year deal.
“It was great to come back here and nice to be invited back,” McCareins said. “They’re showing some interest. I enjoyed every year I spent here on this team, and the fact that the majority of the coaching staff and a handful of players and trainers [are still here], it seems like a good situation for me. I’m just going to keep my options open for now and see what happens. But I definitely would be excited to come back.”
McCareins, a fourth-round pick in 2001, wasn’t the only receiver to visit the Titans on Thursday. Drew Carter, a free agent from the Carolina Panthers was also in town, along with defensive backs Eugene Wilson and Terry Cousin and defensive linemen Ellis Wyms and Marques Douglas.
McCareins knows full well that Heimerdinger’s style can be tough and abrasive, but said he knows the coach was a big factor in jumpstarting his NFL career.
“I owe him a lot in terms of me developing as a receiver,” McCareins said. “I don’t think I would have had any success without a guy like him kind of guiding me and fine-tuning me as a player. It would be a great opportunity to play with him again.”
McCareins had 47 catches for 813 yards and seven touchdowns for the Titans in his final year in Tennessee before he was traded to the New York Jets for a second-round pick. His best year in New York was in 2004, his first season there, when he hauled in 56 passes. He was released by the Jets last month.
McCareins has some other visits in the works and said he will take it over with his agent, Cliff Brady, and his family and friends before making any move.
“I’ll talk to my agent and some other people, the people who care about me, and we’ll go from there. It definitely would be a great opportunity to come back,” McCareins said.
MORE RECEIVERS: Carter had 38 receptions for the Panthers and would bring an element of speed to a receiving corps that is still in transition.
“He’s more of a speed guy and we wanted to at least meet with him and spend time with him. I don’t think anything is imminent,” general manager Mike Reinfeldt said.
The Titans have spoken to the agent for D.J. Hackett of Seattle, but still have not yet scheduled a visit for him.
Reinfeldt also said that the team could look at Arizona’s Bryant Johnson at some point.
OTHER INTEREST: The Titans have also spoken to the agent for Grady Jackson, who was released by Jacksonville this week.
The Titans looked at Jackson during the season when Atlanta let him go, but he signed with the Jaguars instead.
“I think he would be a good fit there,” Angelo Wright said. “We talked a little bit, but I’m not sure what they want to do yet.”
The Titans are still have some interest in running back Warrick Dunn, who was released by Atlanta.
TROUPE TO BUCS: Free agent tight end Ben Troupe has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to an NFL Network report.
Troupe had 55 receptions in 2005, but caught just 13 passes the past two seasons combined in Tennessee. Details of the contract were not disclosed.