Fisher optimistic Young will be in training camp
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Fisher is optimistic that the Tennessee Titans will be able to finish deals with their final three unsigned draft picks in the next few days.
Whether top pick Vince Young misses a day or two of training camp remains to be seen.
"I'm confident things are moving along," Fisher said Wednesday when asked about contract negotiations with Young.
"There isn't anyone wanting this to spill out to Friday or Saturday -- Vince, Major Adams [Young's agent] or the organization. If it does spill over, it's because the contract is pending league approval. I spoke with Vince this morning, and he really wants to be there and is excited about it," Fisher said.
The Titans hold their first practice of training camp Friday in Clarksville. The Titans have agreed to terms with seven of their 10 picks, with the exceptions being Young, the No. 3 selection overall out of Texas; running back LenDale White (No. 45 overall, second round); and linebacker Terna Nande (fifth round).
Fisher said general manager Floyd Reese, owner Bud Adams and general counsel Steve Underwood have been working hard. Reese did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
Adams has been in Nashville negotiating his first contract for a first-round draft pick. He didn't immediately return messages left on his cell phone. Eugene Parker, who represents White, was on a conference call and didn't return a telephone message immediately.
The first quarterback selected in the draft, Young is in town. He took part in a charity wheelchair basketball game Tuesday night for teammate Drew Bennett.
Fisher said White stopped in at the team's headquarters last week and has been working out. White, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound running back, slipped into the second round after a right hamstring injury kept him from running for teams before the draft.
"I think he's behind physically just from a conditioning standpoint. The injury's not an issue. I'm anxious to see how he fine-tunes that conditioning once he reports. I don't think it's going to be difficult for him," Fisher said.
The Titans have seven running backs on the roster right now, including starter Chris Brown, whose agents requested a trade last week.
But Fisher said he hasn't spoken with Brown. The trade request doesn't surprise him because the running back changed agents, and Fisher blames them.
"The new agents came in and had a sit-down meeting. They wanted to talk extension. Right now isn't necessarily the time to talk extension because we are working on others. They demanded a trade and went public with it," Fisher said.
Brown may be in the best shape since the Titans drafted him out of Colorado in the third round in 2003.
"He is our running back," Fisher said.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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