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Old 04-28-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Kevin Mawae, why haven't we signed him?

At the very, very least, would be good depth.


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Veteran center Kevin Mawae became a free agent on March 5. Nearly two months later, he still doesn't have a team.

So what gives? Mawae thinks that he possibly is being held back not just by his age (39), but also by the fact that he's the president of the NFL Players Association.

"I am unemployed and hoping someone will call," Mawae told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. "It's kind of befuddling to me that I just came off my eighth Pro Bowl and a 16-game season and I can't get one phone call.

"Alan Faneca gets cut two days ago and yesterday he signs a contract with another team," Mawae said. "And not to take anything away from him, we have the same agent, we're friends. But something tells me that there is something going on beside me just being 39 years old.

"I've said in the past that I hope our management and the owners can look past the fact that I am president of the PA. But right now it's not looking that way. I'm looking for a job. I've made no secrets about wanting to be back here in Tennessee and I've yet to receive a call from anybody."

The problem in Tennessee is that he'd be returning as a backup, and the Titans possibly are concerned about having the new leader(s) of the offensive line undermined by a backup who'd potentially try to run the show. Then there's the issue of money; Mawae hasn't said that he's willing to take the veteran minimum. Thus, there's a chance that he wants more than what anyone is willing to offer.

Still, we're not prepared to rule out the possibility that Mawae is being blackballed. We're not sure, however, that publicly complaining about the perception helps his cause. Indeed, we think it's now less likely that a team will offer him a contract.

That said, the better approach for the union would be to elect as NFLPA president a guy who is young enough and good enough to be indispensable to his current team, and irresistible to any other. In hindsight, then, maybe Mawae's better move would have been to let Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth take over. And we wonder whether NFLPA Executive Director De Smith or Mawae's agent explained to the player the risk that securing a second term as NFLPA President could make him less attractive as a free agent.

Then again, Mawae likely is smart enough to figure that one out without having to be told it.
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Cuz he is freaking old!
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Yes, but he played all 16 games last year and was in the Pro Bowl. That is worth a backup position at the very least.
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Drafted two centers and as much as i like Mawae, he is pretty old
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:26 PM   #5
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Cuz he is freaking old!
And would still be better than anything we have...could teach our young guys a few things also! Would be a decent signing imo..prolly a 1 year deal!
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:29 PM   #6
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Vet leadership might be a good thing now that Clady is done for sometime.
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Exactly. We just drafted a boat load of young talent. Having a guy with this resume around in training camp would be worth it alone. If he performs and wins the job, awesome. If not, he could probably sub at any of the interior positions.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:11 PM   #9
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39 years old in offensive lineman years is like 80 years old in human years.
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Same thread on the Raider board. Same thread on the Chiefs board. Heck - you'd think none of us had a winning season....
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:24 PM   #11
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For those who claim he's too old, whats the friggin harm? If you dont want to rely on him fine, but they just infused the line with young talent, whats the harm in also adding a proven vet as insurance policy?
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:50 PM   #12
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I think the guy would bring the Dawkins effect to our O-line.
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Mawae may have been a 'Pro-Bowler' last year but only because of name recognition.
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We haven't signed him because we drafted J.D. Walton.

I predict Walton will start opening day.
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We haven't signed him because we drafted J.D. Walton.

I predict Walton will start opening day.
Yeah I just can't wait to role out 3 first years starters on the O-line next season. I understand that we just drafted some good guys, but right now there are 3 pretty good vets out there that can help us. Even if they are just starters for a few weeks. Anyone of Adams, Mawae, or Faneca would help us deal with the change.
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There is no point in bringing in a 1 year bandaid when your rebuilding. All it would do is take valuable snaps away from the guys we drafted. Start them and let them take their lumps and learn on the job.
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Mawae may have been a 'Pro-Bowler' last year but only because of name recognition.
Perhaps so, but he was the center for an offensive line that opened up lanes for a 2,000 yard runner.
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:23 AM   #18
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Drafted two centers and as much as i like Mawae, he is pretty old
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Klis (Yes I know) stated recently that he did not fit the new system McDaniels was putting in place, so either that was his personal opinion or an opinion of someone in the organisation.
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If we could get him at like 1 year at 1 - 1.5 mil it would be worth it just so he could mentor the 2 centers we just drafted.
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We drafted and brought in a ton of UDFA OL depth. I would rather have a rook step up than a rent-a guy for a year.
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I think he's referring to the 'hit' put out on Merriman by Jeff Fisher that was carried out by Mawae a couple of years ago.

Very dirty hit after the play was over that tore up Merriman's knee.
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