And yes, rookie Vince Young will get his chance to play this
"Let's face it. You're going to see [No.] 10 on the field this
year," coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday. "Where and when and how,
I can't be specific, but you're going to see him on the field at
The Tennessee Titans wished McNair well on Thursday as they
completed a trade with Baltimore, getting a fourth-round draft pick
for the winningest quarterback in franchise history.
"I don't know that we could ask for a lot more from the guy,"
general manager Floyd Reese said.
Even though the stalemate involving the 11-year veteran had
stretched since April 3 when McNair was asked not to work out on
the team's property, Reese had only compliments for the
McNair was the last of the Houston Oilers still on the roster
and the only No. 1 quarterback the franchise has known since
relocating to Tennessee in 1997.
"When he finishes, he will come back to Nashville and he will
still be a Titan," Reese said. "When people talk about Joe
Montana, he's not a Chief. He's a 49er, and Steve McNair will
always be a Titan, and I'm thankful for that."
But as the Titans reminisced about McNair's toughness, the
quarterback was being introduced at a news conference in Baltimore.
McNair's departure immediately clears $9 million in salary cap
space, the money he was due in salary this season. That is more
than enough to sign a 10-player rookie class headlined by Young,
the No. 3 pick overall from Texas.
The Titans also will have enough money to consider pursuing a
free agent if they want. Cornerback Ty Law remains unsigned and
visited with Tennessee last month. Or they could pursue a veteran
quarterback such as Kerry Collins.
Reese said those decisions would be made within the next few
"With this move, we will end up with more money than we've had
over the last probably seven, eight years. ... We'll have money for
injuries. We will have money to re-sign some of the quote, unquote,
core people. We will have money to do the things we have not been
able to do for a number of years," Reese said.
"It's been hard, and we all know that in one fell swoop here
we've gotten ourselves pretty healthy pretty quick."
Volek, an undrafted free agent in 2000 out of Fresno State, now
is the Titans' starter. He has been working with the first-team
offense in minicamps all spring, and Fisher said the coaches will
prepare Volek, Young and Matt Mauck to play this season.
"How things are going to unfold, I can't be specific. But I can
say Billy is going to line up as our starter. He inherits the role
now, and we're getting Vince ready to play as quickly as we can,"
Fisher said by telephone.