Titans appear ready to use franchise tag on Haynesworth

Friday, February 15, 2008 at 4:20pm

The Tennessee Titans appear ready to use the franchise tag for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, but the team and the player are still trying to work on a long-term deal to keep him in Nashville for the forseeable future.

"I spoke with (Titans general manager) Mike (Reinfeldt) today and we are working on a long-term deal for Albert," said Chad Speck, Haynesworth's agent. "I don’t anticipate that we will be able to get anything done prior to the designation deadline for franchise players on the 21st. Mike confirmed to me that he will use the franchise tag on Albert but is committed to trying to get a deal done by July 15th. I spoke with Albert today and he is encouraged that talks have resumed."

Placing the franchise tag on Haynesworth will pay the player a one-year salary equal to the average of the top-five defensive tackle salaries in the league. Haynesworth's franchise salary would be just over $7 million for next season.

"We are still talking with Albert's agent, but the franchise tag is something that is available to us in the collective bargaining agreement so there is the possibility that we would use it."

Haynesworth had the best season of his career in 2007 with six sacks and 93 tackles. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time and was selected to the AP's All-Pro team.

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