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Minicamp ends and decision pending

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans finished their
final minicamp Thursday with Eddie George's future with the team
still unsettled.

Coach Jeff Fisher is confident the team's career rushing leader
will be on the roster when the Titans open training camp July 30.

"I think everyone expects it to be resolved by then," Fisher
said.

The Titans have wanted to rework George's contract since
February, but he declined and was paid a $1 million bonus in March.
He agreed to talk after a meeting in June with Fisher and general
manager Floyd Reese.

George is due $4.25 million in base salary this season, counting
$7.3 million against the cap. The Titans need at least $3 million
in salary cap space to sign their rookie class.

The Titans haven't been in any hurry to finalize details with
George because they typically don't start signing their rookies
until July. This year's draft class has 13 players.

George said Tuesday that his agent knows what salary he will
accept, and he was waiting to hear a proposal from the Titans.

"We have no deadline. We are facing some issues potentially of
being able to sign our draft choices and things like that. Both
sides are communicating. Eddie left very positive about the
situation, and he has confidence that it's going to get worked
out."

George was excused for Thursday's session to start his
honeymoon, but he quietly attended the team's organized workouts
even though he couldn't take part while healing from surgeries on
his right knee and left ankle.

Fisher said they expect George to be with the team this year.

If they can't reach an agreement, that might force the Titans to
release only the second running back to top 10,000 yards rushing
without missing a start. George averaged 3.3 yards per carry in
2003.

His teammates want him back for a ninth season with the
franchise. They've already said goodbye to defensive end Jevon
Kearse, defensive tackle Robaire Smith and receiver Justin
McCareins this offseason because of the lack of money.

"It'd be hard (to lose George)," receiver Derrick Mason said.
"You've just got to regroup, refocus and understand this is a
business and your time, it's going to come for everybody. It's just
an awkward position. Eddie's in the situation now."