The Tennessee Titans have to wait until March 13th before they can re-sign Jordan Babineaux. You read that right. Due to a little goodie in the new CBA, almost $300,000 of Babineaux’s salary didn’t count against the Titans salary cap this last year. Unfortunately that creates a repercussion of not being able to sign him until the beginning of free agency.
That’s quite the pill to have to swallow.
If things continue as they are now, the Titans will only have one safety under contract when free agency begins. That’s not an ideal situation, obviously.
A little quote from Babineaux’s agent via The Tennessean:
“If the Titans are able to offer him a package that is fair and reflects his market value, then Jordan would welcome the opportunity to return there,” Rickert said. “I think he would like to stay in Tennessee first. Now if someone out there comes forward after (March 13) with a substantial offer, I know he’ll consider that, too.”
The real question is, how much do the Titans value Babineaux? He had a solid 2011 season for the Titans, but he does turn 30 before the start of the 2012 regular season. It’s hard to imagine the Titans offer him more than a two to three year contract. The Titans are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and should be looking to draft that position, if not this year, then in the next year.
ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky speculates that the Titans could already have a contract ready for Babineaux to sign as soon as March 13th hits. Lets hope so.
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