Should the Tennessee Titans show Bo the money?

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According to reports, Bo Scaife will attempt to gage his value by testing the potentially lucrative waters of free agency later this month.

With over $30 million in cap room, the Tennessee Titans have the resources to bring Scaife back into the fold next year. However, once he hits the open market, there is no guarantee that the usually fiscally conservative Titans would be willing to overpay for the former Texas Longhorn’s services.

From Bo’s standpoint, it’s very prudent of him to aim for the financially-appeasing fruits of free agency. Coming off a career-best 58 catches for 561 yards, there will likely be some demand from teams looking for a receiving threat at TE. Considering the rather weak class of UFA tight ends this year, it’s a pretty safe bet that Bo will be one of the top players available at his position when the clock strikes 12:01 AM on February 27th.

While Bo dreams of free agency riches, the Titans will have an interesting decision to make. If the team decides to pass on re-signing Scaife, that will leave only veteran Alge Crumpler and last year’s 3rd round draft pick Craig Stevens at TE.

I love his blocking and veteran leadership, but Algernon’s best days as a pro have long since passed. Stevens has the potential to be a contributor down the road but I’m not sure that he’s ready to replace Scaife as a starter in 2009.

If the Titans let Bo go and acquire his replacement via free agency, color me not too enthusiastic about the aforementioned subpar class of UFA tight ends. L.J. Smith couldn’t catch a cold if stranded in Siberia with a pair of shorts on, Desmond Clark is ancient and Jerramy Stevens has too much baggage.  

Slim pickings, to say the least.

As for drafting a guy to take Bo’s place, a kid like Shawn Nelson could be available somewhere around the 3rd or 4th round.

Last year, I had no qualms with the Titans’ decision to let Ben Troupe venture elsewhere. However, I’d be mildly upset if they allow Scaife to follow in Ben’s footsteps by escaping via the free agency route.

Unlike the enigmatic Troupe, Scaife is a hard-worker who has continued to improve throughout his Titan career. He’s well-deserving of a pay raise and hopefully, that contract extension will be courtesy of the Tennessee Titans.

So what do you guys think? Should Bo stay or go?    

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6 Responses to “Should the Tennessee Titans show Bo the money?”

  1. Seth Leonard Says:

    I like ol’ Bo a lot. Vince and Kerry both like to toss the rock his way, and he usually rewards them for the consideration. On that list of Free Agent Tight Ends, Bo wasn’t on the top. Maybe that’s just the Tennessee factor weighing in: Despite their talent, players from Tennessee never seem to garner much press. I guess that’s because it is Tennessee.
    It all comes down to the receiving corps. If we can’t field a decent set of pass catchers at that position, how can we afford to lose a guy that does all that and more at the TE position? Keep him.

  2. Andrew K Says:

    YES!!!!!

  3. questionmark Says:

    Should they – yes. Will they – no. I couldn’t understand why, after tendering him at the 2nd round level last year, they didn’t try to extend him for another 4-5 years. It seemed like an unwise move then, and looks even worse now.
    It might be best to franchise him, then try to work out a long-term deal before he signs the tender. They can always give Bironas the transition tag – nobody’s going to break the bank for kicker, even a really good one.

  4. David H... Says:

    This is a no-brainer. They must re-sign him. Does anybody realize how dire our receiving corps really is? I mean it’s almost laughable that the biggest off-season receiving acquisition last year was Justin McCariens. It’s really a joke. And now we’re talking about whether or not we should keep Bo Scaife?!!????? You know what I think we should let him go!!! And we should make a run (no pun intended) at Larry Johnson, Edgerin James and any other free agent RB out there. We should also draft another RB in the first round. It’s obvious that we place entirely too much emphasis on the run game and not the pass. And why not, that is how you win championships right??? By running first??? I mean we can look no further than our conference rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ve been a run first team since there inception. Even though with the exception of Terry Bradshaw (2) and Franco Harris, that their other SB MVP’s have all been wide receivers (Swann, Ward, and Holmes). I’ve been a Titans fan since the 1999 season and I will be a fan for a long time but, we will NEVER win a championship until we address the WR position and get somebody who will consistently make plays. If Bo Scaife is one of our best receivers no disrespect Drex, but we shouldn’t even be discussing this topic.

  5. David H... Says:

    This is a no-brainer. They must re-sign him. Does anybody realize how dire our receiving corps really is? I mean it’s almost laughable that the biggest off-season receiving acquisition last year was Justin McCariens. It’s really a joke. And now we’re talking about whether or not we should keep Bo Scaife?!!????? You know what I think we should let him go!!! And we should make a run (no pun intended) at Larry Johnson, Edgerin James and any other free agent RB out there. We should also draft another RB in the first round. It’s obvious that we place entirely too much emphasis on the run game and not the pass. And why not, that is how you win championships right??? By running first??? I mean we can look no further than our conference rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ve been a run first team since there inception. Even though with the exception of Terry Bradshaw (2) and Franco Harris, that their other SB MVP’s have all been wide receivers (Swann, Ward, and Holmes). I’ve been a Titans fan since the 1999 season and I will be a fan for a long time but, we will NEVER win a championship until we address the WR position and get somebody who will consistently make plays. If Bo Scaife is one of our best receivers no disrespect Drex, but we shouldn’t even be discussing this topic.

  6. Drexel Perry Says:

    No offense taken, David H.
    As for Scaife being one of the team’s best receiving threats…it is what it is…as you mention, the Titans are a run-oriented football team.
    Heck, I wouldn’t mind if the team made a run at Boldin or Housh but reality tells me that it probably isn’t going to happen.
    Jeff Fisher-ball…love it or hate it, but it’s the Tennessee Titan way of doing things.
    As always, thanks for chiming in guys.

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