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Bud Adams: I didn’t spend that money for nothing


The Titans weren’t shy about spending owner Bud Adams’ money this offseason.

Guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, safety Bernard Pollard and defensive lineman Sammie Hill were among a big group of free agents brought in by the Titans, making for a 38 percent turnover from last year’s roster. Owner Bud Adams said that it was the only way for the team to bring in the talent they were missing on the roster and called himself “very pleased” with the job done by General Manager Ruston Webster.

But keeping Adams pleased will take improvement on the field so that he doesn’t wind up feeling like he threw money out the window during the offseason spending spree. He stopped short of promising “playoffs or pink slips” or putting the organization on notice as he did last November, but it isn’t hard to figure out the owner’s expectations.

“We have the talent in there, and now we have to put it to work,” Adams said, via the Tennessean. “I think we’re going to have a good team, and I’ll be real unhappy if we don’t. We put out a lot of money to get what we got, and I think we have some people who can get us in the championship. If we don’t make the playoffs, then we’re sitting [still]. We have some great talent we brought in, and we paid a lot of money to get them in there. I am banking on us getting it done this year.”

Despite all the new faces, returning quarterback Jake Locker is probably the member of the roster with the most impact on whether the Titans can satisfy Adams’ desire to see a good team. Without better play there, it’s hard to see a significant improvement for the Titans and just as hard to see Mike Munchak getting a fourth year as coach.

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35 Responses to “Bud Adams: I didn’t spend that money for nothing”
  1. 12444uggg says: Sep 6, 2013 9:58 AM

    Well, what’s nothing? A .500 record?

  2. elliottcovert says: Sep 6, 2013 10:00 AM

    I do feel pretty bad for Bud Adams, he knows that he’s near the end of his time on earth and his franchise still hasn’t won the big one in 50+ years (if memory serves correct they never won an AFL championship either).

    The Titans/Oilers have been one of the more historically successful franchises never to win a Superbowl. I would put the Vikings and Bills at the top of the list, and the Titans/Oilers at #3.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 6, 2013 10:02 AM

    Exactly right. No matter who you brought in, if Locker continues to be a 50%er when it comes to accuracy, it’s another losing season.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    My question is where was this thinking 10 years ago when Bud Adams was blowing off standouts like Randall Godfrey, Derrick Mason, and then Steve McNair? On behalf of Jeff Fisher and Titans fans everywhere: Thanks for THAT, Bud.

  5. Grulks says: Sep 6, 2013 10:11 AM

    It’s been proven time and time again, that you just can’t buy a superbowl via free agency.

    I suppose you could buy talent, in an effort to get rid of the stigma of complacency and mediocrity, but I dont know if that would work any better.

    From everything I have seen over the last 35+ years, teams that win the superbowl are built mostly through the draft, and supplemented with a few key free agent pieces. Not vice versa.

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    “I didn’t spend all that money for nothing”

    Of course not. It generated plenty of headlines…

  7. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Sep 6, 2013 10:17 AM

    Maybe spend that money on some personnel guys who know how to draft next time.

  8. dragonflypack says: Sep 6, 2013 10:20 AM

    Is that Andy Warhol back from the dead ?

  9. floratiotime says: Sep 6, 2013 10:20 AM

    He’ll be talking football with Al Davis soon enough.

  10. spamrok says: Sep 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    Out of his mind

  11. jjthesportsguy says: Sep 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    I swear someone is pulling a “Weekend at Bernie’s” with Bud Adams body.

  12. zoxitic says: Sep 6, 2013 10:33 AM

    “I think we have some people who can get us in the championship”


  13. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    Got to give it to the man. He was the only NFL owner to spend money. Respect

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 6, 2013 10:35 AM

    He certainly didn’t spend it on his haircut.

  15. toddfish2 says: Sep 6, 2013 10:45 AM

    @elliotcovert; Actually, the Oilers won the first two AFL Championships.

  16. tundratommy says: Sep 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    Nor does he get his chicks for free.

  17. schmitty2 says: Sep 6, 2013 10:59 AM

    I’ve never seen “Bud Adams” and “spending money” in the same sentence before.

  18. denverbronconj says: Sep 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    Reality Check: Last year record: 6-10.
    Divisional rivals Texans: 12-4, Colts: 11-5, Jags: 2-14.
    To get to playoffs, the Titans need at least a record better than .500, which is highly unlikely given that your free agent acquisitions are guys who’s coming in for the money and not a chance of winning the superbowl.

  19. britishteeth says: Sep 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    If did did spend his money for nothing, hopefully he’ll get his chicks for free.

  20. jaxbeachjagfan says: Sep 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    @schmitty: “I’ve never seen “Bud Adams” and “spending money” in the same sentence before.”

    I have, bit it included the word “taxpayer’s”.

  21. stoogy says: Sep 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    well they will start 1-0 after they beat down the Steelers week 1

  22. patriots420 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    He will be lucky to improve upon last years record. Should just tanked this year and gone for a high draft pick.
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who hears the names, Andy Levitrie, Delanie Walker, and scumbag Bernard Pollard and automatically thinks “now that is a group of guys that will put any team over the top” it would help if you decide to splurge to splurge on some guys who will make a difference. Although I do love Walker.

  23. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 6, 2013 11:32 AM

    Their schedule doesn’t help. Believe they are the only team to open with their first two games on the road (and against tough conference/division opponents) and also have a three-game road stretch later in the year. Plus AFC South plays NFC West in the rotational scheduling this year, which projects as one of the more competitive top-to-bottom divisions.

    Bud’s money may put a decidedly more competitive team on the field this year and he might still not see a jump in wins.

    But first things first, they have to prove they actually are more competitive. Some encouraging signs in preseason, especially offensively (including Locker) but defense still looked like a scary mess at times.

  24. hehateme2 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    crypt keeper?

  25. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    The Titans have 20 new players on this year’s opening day roster. The 38 percent turnover is the highest in the franchise’s 53-year history.

  26. chocopoppy says: Sep 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    Someone should’ve pointed out that Bud is required to spend a certain amount of money. Isn’t this the first year of the salary floor under the new CBA?

    Bud, don’t make it sound like you’re a martyr for doing something you have to do anyway.

  27. thenflguru3 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    Remember he thought Warren Moon was past his prime and went with Cody Carlson as his starter? What a colossal mess up!

    I still don’t understand why Houston wouldn’t help build a stadium for the Oilers, but a few years later they do it for the Texans.

  28. texanfan53 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    still don’t understand why Houston wouldn’t help build a stadium for the Oilers, but a few years later they do it for the Texans.


    Threatened to move to Jacksonville is he didn’t get updates to the Dome. Houston did the renovation.

    Couple years later threatens to leave again if he doesn’t get a new stadium and pays for a new stadium plan that includes the Rockets. The Rockets nor the city knew nothing of this plan until he had a press conference announcing it and that it would be built by the taxpayers.

    City laughs, Bud leaves and Houston is all the better for it

  29. pftmz says: Sep 6, 2013 1:11 PM

    Bud Adams is Jimmy Seville’s doppleganger.

  30. baily67 says: Sep 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    tennesseeoilers says:Sep 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    My question is where was this thinking 10 years ago when Bud Adams was blowing off standouts like Randall Godfrey, Derrick Mason, and then Steve McNair? On behalf of Jeff Fisher and Titans fans everywhere: Thanks for THAT, Bud.

    tennessee oilers, they didn’t lose Steve McNair and D Mase b/c Bud wouldn’t spend, they lost them b/c their stupid GM Floyd Reese mucked up their salary cap numbers and they couldn’t keep them, reason why Floyd got fired.

  31. abninf says: Sep 6, 2013 2:19 PM

    Whoever fires Bum Phillips and trades Earl Campbell is destined by the gods to never win a championship.

  32. remyje says: Sep 6, 2013 3:40 PM


  33. dbarnes79 says: Sep 6, 2013 7:13 PM

    I think Bud Adams deserves a winner. The man has seemed to be patient, just look at Jeff Fisher’s time in Tennessee. He doesn’t make rash decisions but gives things time. The problem now is he is getting older and wants to see his team win a Super Bowl before he passes on.

  34. elliottcovert says: Sep 6, 2013 7:37 PM


    My bad, I’m a fan of the history of the sport but I wasn’t born until 1989.

  35. pecosbob says: Sep 6, 2013 7:51 PM

    Bud Adams is the new Al Davis.

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