No deal between Titans, Albert

No deal between Titans, Albert

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:12 pm
By: AP

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE (AP) — All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth doesn’t have the security of the long-term contract with the guaranteed money he wanted. What he does have is a one-year deal paying him $7.25 million and a season to make his case that he deserves what he’s asking. The Tennessee Titans and Haynesworth failed to reach an agreement on an extension by Tuesday’s deadline for franchised players. Team officials and Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, talked most of Monday and up to Tuesday’s 3 p.m. CDT deadline without reaching an extension to keep the six-year veteran past the 2008 season. Both sides can keep talking, but no long-term contract could be signed until after the Titans finish the season. Now Haynesworth must decide when to sign the tender the Titans say makes him the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL. Speck disagreed and cited five tackles earning more than Haynesworth this year. Speck called it disappointing they could not reach a deal before the deadline when Haynesworth repeatedly has said he wants to remain with the Titans. “We offered several fair and balanced proposals to the Titans over the past few days that would have paid Albert like one of the top defensive tackles in football — all of which were rejected,” Speck said in an e-mail. “We moved considerably off those proposals as the deadline approached today in an effort to close the deal — these movements were also rejected by the Titans. While we certainly respect the Titans’ position, it is unfortunate that Albert will not be signed long term when training camp opens next week.” With the Titans opening camp July 25, general manager Mike Reinfeldt said nobody wins with Haynesworth not being there at the start. He also thinks both sides can benefit in one-year deals. “He still has the carrot in front of him. At the same time, we can still get something done in the future,” Reinfeldt said. The Titans have had money to spend to keep their own players, and they already have signed left tackle Michael Roos and right tackle David Stewart to contract extensions this offseason along with receiver Justin Gage and fullback Ahmard Hall. But Reinfeldt said they couldn’t agree to the right number with Haynesworth’s agent after months of talks, even though it looked like they might reach a deal before the deadline. He declined to discuss what the Titans’ offer was in money or years. “Unfortunately at the end, we couldn’t quite bridge the gap to get it done,” Reinfeldt said. Published in The Messenger 7.16.08

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