Troupe likely not in Titans' plans

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:58am

INDIANAPOLIS _- -Ben Troupe is apparently finished as a Tennessee Titan.

Troupe’s agent Joel Segal said the former second-round pick from 2003 will be looking for a fresh start elsewhere when free agency opens Feb. 29.

Troupe was the Titans’ top choice as a rookie and caught 55 passes in 2005, but fell off the radar the past two seasons. He had just five receptions this past season after catching only 13 passes in 2006.

“We have had little to no contact with the Titans,” Troupe’s agent Joel Segal said. “Ben will head into free agency and he’s a talented player. We’ll find a system that fits for him, and he’ll be productive.”

The Titans are in the process of reshaping the tight end position, as Ben Hartsock is also a free agent, and it remains to be seen how seriously they will try to re-sign him.

The Titans are in pursuit of Alge Crumpler, who was recently released by the Atlanta Falcons, and could also use the draft to supplement the position.

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By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I really hope we can get Crumpler.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Crumpler worries me because he would be a great security blanket for a young QB, his knee is probably a lot worse than other teams realize, but he'd still be an upgrade over what we have here. As for Troupe, he's a great guy and a great interview but he can't catch a cold and can't learn the offense, even the second time around with Dinger. Good Luck to him, he has talent.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

From what I'm hearing, the Cowboys and Patriots are interested in signing Alge Crumpler and his agent has said Crumpler is only interested in signing with a team that has a REALISTIC shot of making the Super Bowl next season.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I heard his agent say that he is interested in the Titans. I think whoever pays the most money will get him.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I doubt that Dallas is very interested. They already have an all-pro in Whitten and several very good back-ups. The Pats are interested in anyone over 30.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

John McLean, of the Houston Chronicle, was the one who stated on 104.5 the Zone on both Tuesday and Wednesday that Crumpler's agent stated he was only interested in signing with a team with a realistic chance of going to the Super Bowl and that Dallas and New England were the front runners for his services.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

McLean is full of it. Crumpler may be interested in them, but Dallas isn't interested in Crumpler.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

he Titans are interested in former Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler, but they're not alone.James Williams, Crumpler's agent, said Tuesday he's heard from the Titans and expects to meet with them later this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.AdvertisementEleven teams have already expressed interest in the five-time Pro Bowl selection, Williams said. Crumpler's release from the Falcons became official Tuesday, when teams could begin contacting his agent."I have heard from the Titans, and Tennessee is very attractive to him," Williams said. "It is a well-run organization, and Alge could come in and help them get to the next level if the situation is right."jw, I know you don't give the Titans much credit on anything, but they do have a realistic shot of getting to the Super Bowl. Will they be the favorite, no. But they have a better chance than most of the teams.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Dallas has no need for Crumpler, that is just McClain and his agent blowing smoke to get him more money. He would be the 3rd TE on the Cowboys behind Witten and Fasano, and there is no way Crumpler wants to be a #3. As far as Crumpler and the Titans, he'd be a good fit, he's already used to catching the ball from a QB who runs around a lot and throws it near a receiver not too one.