Roos true to word, to stay in Nashville
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Michael Roos told the Tennessee Titans he wanted to wrap up contract negotiations before the 2008 season started. The team has obliged their left tackle, agreeing to a six-year, $43 million contract extension.
The team confirmed the deal Saturday morning that makes Roos the third-highest paid left tackle in the NFL behind Orlando Pace and Walter Jones. His contract was set to expire after the 2008 season, but now the Titans have avoided any contract problems or the question of having to franchise a left tackle who has started every game since being drafted in the second round.
The deal, originally reported in The Tennessean, includes $15 million in guaranteed money including a $4 million roster bonus. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Roos has started 48 consecutive games and also could earn up to $1.5 million more from Pro Bowl berths.
Agent Cameron Foster said Saturday that Roos could have forced the issue into 2009 with up to $10 million possible as a franchise player.
“He’s not that kind of guy to be holding out or squeezing every dollar he can get from someone,” Foster said. “He’s a guy who loves to play football, loves Nashville and wants to be one of those guys like his coach who plays for that one team for his career.”
That would be assistant coach Mike Munchak.
Foster said Roos told him about four months ago that he wanted to try and wrap up an extension before starting his final season under his original contract.
“We let the Titans know if they wanted to do a deal, now was the time and they responded,” Foster said.