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Titans look at Turner, Dillon to fill RB hole

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10104400" target="_blank">NFL.com</a>

    By Adam Schefter

    <img src="http://images.usatoday.com/sports/_photos/2006/09/17/chargers.jpg" title="Michael Turner Runs against the Titans" alt="Michael Turner Runs against the Titans" align="left" height="272" width="213" />(April 2, 2007) -- Tennessee lost running back Travis Henry, and it now seems determined to add a replacement as soon as possible.

    The Titans spent Monday entertaining San Diego restricted free-agent running back Michael Turner, a player most teams covet but few are willing to bid on.

    Yet the Titans know they need help and no available running back is more talented than Turner, whom San Diego slapped with the highest possible tender, meaning that any team that signs him to an offer sheet could have to compensate the Chargers with first- and third-round draft choices.

    It's unlikely that the Titans would be willing to surrender so much, but the two teams could work out a sign-and-trade deal the way Atlanta and Houston did for restricted free-agent quarterback Matt Schaub. Instead of compensating Atlanta with first- and third-round draft choices, Houston surrendered two second-round picks and a swap of first-round draft choices.

    Tennessee would have to find the right formula to satisfy San Diego, but it clearly is open to doing it, otherwise it would not be bothering with Turner, who, in a sense, is the Schaub of running backs.

    Turner has started only one NFL game whereas Schaub started two. Yet each player has been coveted around the league.

    In the interim, the Titans already are forging ahead with backup plans. They have arranged for free-agent running back Corey Dillon to fly into Tennessee on Tuesday and visit with Titans officials on Wednesday.

    Dillon would welcome the chance to play with Tennessee, something he would not with other franchises. Earlier this offseason, Dillon cancelled a trip to Buffalo because he didn't view it as an ideal situation. Dillon preferred to wait for an opportunity either in Tennessee or Philadelphia.

    The one with the Titans has materialized, at least for now. But it could change quickly, depending on what happens with the 25-year-old Turner, who has never rushed for more than 502 yards in NFL season but whom many consider to be another 1,000-yard-a-year back.

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