Now that the Titans owner Bud Adams has chosen not to keep quarterback Vince Young, Adams has yet to re-embrace coach Jeff Fisher.
So what’s going on here? As explained during Thursday’s edition of PFT Live, we think that the Titans are waiting for the teams that don’t land Jim Harbaugh to realize that the best fallback is Fisher. And they then can try to obtain Fisher by persuading the Titans to release Fisher from the last year of his contract in exchange for draft picks and/or cash.
Fisher recently said that “trades” of head coaches are no longer permitted. But NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT on Wednesday that “head coaches and high-level club employees MAY be released from their contracts in exchange for draft choices or cash.”
So why should Adams make a decision on Fisher unless and until Adams knows whether anyone else may want Fisher and, if so, what they may give up for him?
Fisher, we assume, would prefer to simply be fired. That way, he’d get his pay for 2010, less whatever he earns elsewhere as a coach. He also could take a year off, and keep it all. If, alternatively, his next team has to give up a draft pick or two to secure his rights, those are picks that won’t be available to Fisher to use in his new home.