Troupe to visit Saints; Titans still waiting

Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 1:33pm

Free agent tight end Ben Troupe continues to make the rounds, adding the New Orleans Saints to his list of potential suitors, while the Tennessee Titans continue to take the patient path in free agency.

Troupe already had visits scheduled with the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former second-round pick of the Titans had 55 receptions in 2004, but caught just 21 passes the past two seasons with the club.

“Ben is hot right now,” agent Joel Segal said. “He’s had three clubs schedule visits.”

Segal also represents wide receiver Bryant Johnson of Arizona, believed to be the Titans’ top target in the wake of Bernard Berrian signing with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday.

Johnson had 46 catches for the Cardinals in 2007 while playing as a third receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Johnson is spending the weekend visiting the Buffalo Bills.

However, the Titans have yet to contact Segal about a Johnson visit as of Sunday afternoon, nor have they made any overtures to D.J. Hackett, another free agent receiver believed to be high on their radar.

“We’ve had some indications from them that they would be willing go do something, we sure think there’s a need there for them at the position, but so far we’ve not heard anything from them,” said Hackett’s agent Tom Mills. “There’s only a few teams that are kind of sitting the first weekend out and letting the overpaying go by, and maybe that’s what they’re doing. We’re still thinking that Tennessee is one of the teams that makes sense for D.J, but they haven’t started the process yet.”

Hackett had 28 receptions for Seattle in 2007, but missed time with an injury.

Other reported Titans visits have defensive end Antwan Odom scheduled for Cincinnati and Arizona, defensive end Travis LaBoy spending a night in Cleveland, then cancelling a trip to New Orleans, apparently in favor of a trip to Arizona.

Guard Jacob Bell was reported in St. Louis to have scheduled a visit with the Rams.

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