The Titans said goodbye to one starting cornerback this offseason, but they’d like to keep the other one around a little while longer.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the Titans have started talking to Jason McCourty’s camp about a contract extension. McCourty is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which means he would be an unrestricted free agent after the season if the Titans don’t sign him or use the franchise tag. Wyatt writes that nothing is imminent, but that talks should continue between now and minicamp.
McCourty, a sixth-round pick in 2009, McCourty is scheduled to make $1.26 million this season. Based on his 2011 play, McCourty would seem to be in mind for a steep raise. It was his first full year as a starter, though, and that could make it difficult for the two sides to reach agreement on a deal. Lardarius Webb got $50 million over six years from the Ravens after one year in the starting lineup, a deal that might be too rich for Tennessee’s blood based on what they’ve seen from McCourty thus far.
If that’s what McCourty is looking for, the franchise tag is a real possibility. With so much time between now and decision time on that front, there will be no shortage of opportunities for the two sides to come to an agreement.