Titans play waiting game with Crumpler; Starks to Dolphins

Friday, February 29, 2008 at 3:06pm

The Tennessee Titans are still very much in the mix to land tight end Alge Crumpler, as they have competition from the Seattle Seahawks and one other team.

Crumpler, 30, visited the Titans on Wednesday and has been in Seattle, where he has familiarity with personnel man Tim Ruskell, defensive end Patrick Kerney and head coach in waiting Jim Mora, Jr. from Crumpler's days in Atlanta.

"He has some familiarity with some of the people in Seattle, but he also likes Tennessee. Tennessee is still on the table," Crumpler's agent James Williams said.

Williams went on to add that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, believed to be in the running for Crumpler, are now out of the equation. The Bucs signed former Chicago Bears tight end John Gilmore to a contract Friday, according to a report.

Williams declined to name the third team interested in Crumpler, but said, "We have one other visit to take and then we'll look at it and see what is the best fit."

It was a quiet first day of free agency for the Titans, who, according to a source, entertained no visitors on Friday.

Meanwhile, free agent Titans tight end Ben Hartsock was scheduled to visit with the Atlanta Falcons, his agent Mike McCartney confirmed.

STARKS DEAL: The NFL Network also reports that Titans free agent defensive tackle Randy Starks received a five-year, $21 million deal from the Miami Dolphins that includes $7 million in guarantees.

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