With the prospect of a lockout growing ever closer, the Tennessee Titans nonetheless took care of some standard offseason business issues Wednesday when they tendered contract offers to seven players scheduled for restricted free agency.
Fullback Ahmard Hall, linebacker Stephen Tulloch, guard Leroy Harris, defensive end Jacob Ford, linebacker Patrick Bailey, linebacker Tim Shaw and tackle Mike Otto all received the offers.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) rules, those players would become restricted free agents and by tendering the contracts, the Titans would have the right to match any offer they get or receive compensation should those players end up with another team.
The NFL Players Association contends that any existing contract rules would be nullified if the current CBA expires, which it is set to do at 11 p.m. (CST) Thursday. If no agreement is reached by that time, the owners are expected to stage a lockout, which would bring to an end all offseason business affairs until such a time as a new CBA is reached.
"The committee has not made any decision as to what will happen upon expiration of the current agreement if we don't have a new one by tomorrow night," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
According to reports, representatives for the owners and the NFLPA are scheduled to resume talks Thursday morning.
Notable among those tendered by the Titans were Hall, the team’s starting fullback since 2006, Tulloch, the team’s leading tackler each of the last two seasons, and Harris, a starter at left guard for most of 2010.