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Old 02-19-2009, 10:09 AM   #597
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TITANS TO TAG TIGHT END

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 7:57 a.m.

With kicker Rob Bironas signed to a long-term deal, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth ineligible for the tag, and a $14.65 million franchise tender applicable quarterbacks, the Titans will be turning to a tight end as the recipient of their 2009 franchise tag.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, the Titans will use the restriction on Bo Scaife.

Scaife, a four-year veteran, had his best NFL season in 2008, catching 58 passes for 561 yards in an offense lacking many/any high-end wideout options.

For tight ends, the franchise tag requires a one-year tender offer in the amount of $4.462 million, which is the average of the five highest-paid tight ends from 2008: Tony Gonzalez ($5.031 million); L.J. Smith ($4.522 million); Kellen Winslow ($4.449 million); Antonio Gates ($4.2 million); and Jason Witten ($4.105 million).
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