Keith Bulluck should be a Tennessee Titan for life

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Dear Mike Reinfeldt,

How’s it going, Mike? I’ve been very impressed with your personnel decisons over the course of the last offseason or so. From the shrewd decision to draft Chris Johnson to allowing the likes of Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy venture elsewhere, you’ve done an excellent job constructing a team that’s knocking on the door of accomplishing something special.

Of course, your past decision-making isn’t the reason why I’m writing you. As a matter of fact, the subject of this “letter” pertains to a move that hasn’t occurred yet but hopefully, will happen sometime soon.

What move, you ask? A brand-spanking new contract that will ensure that Keith Bulluck remains a member of the Tennessee Titans for the rest of his prolific NFL career.

As a fan, I’m well aware that the NFL is a business. As followers of the Titans, we’ve witnessed the likes of Steve McNair and Eddie George venture to other NFL cities to finish out their playing careers.

As fans of the NFL, the sight of Joe Montana in Kansas City Chief garb or Emmitt Smith as a Arizona Cardinal serve as vivid examples of how the business of the league works. Gone are the days when a guy such as Bruce Matthews spends his entire career with one franchise.

With that said, Mike, I hope that re-signing Keith Bulluck can serve as the exception rather than the norm.

Here’s a guy who was on some of those turn-of-the-century Titan teams that came painfully short of realizing their Lombardi dreams. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Bulluck also survived the cap-purgatory years, a forgettable timeframe when fielding a competitive squad with a 5-11 record was considered an accomplishment.

Through thick and thin, Keith Bulluck’s stellar play has remained a constant. Despite being overshadowed by outside linebackers racking up sacks in stat-happy 3-4 defenses, Bulluck has nevertheless continued to be one of the league’s best (and under-appreciated) performers at the OLB position.

So Mike, I hope you take all of this into consideration as you make your decision on Bulluck’s future over the course of the next year.

Here’s to hoping you and Keith can reach an agreement that will keep Bulluck in Tennessee for the rest of his NFL playing days.  

Sincerely,

Titan fans everywhere   

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6 Responses to “Keith Bulluck should be a Tennessee Titan for life”

  1. Morgan_Washburn Says:

    I’m on the same page 100% Drex, but Bulluck staying a Titan for life may be a pipedream for us all. I recently listened to a radio interview with Keith and he says he wants to be a Titan for life but doesn’t see his contract being renewed. He has led the team in tackles for I dont know how many years, including last year.
    Its so true, the days of playing for one team your entire career is sadly over. The days of looking for the biggest paychecks are in. The thing is I dont see Bullick as one of those guys. He is extremely smart, he has a degree in
    psychology, comes from having nothing living in a foster home and gives back to the community through charity.
    A standup guy who deserves the best. Here is another Titans fan hoping Mike will do the right thing and get him back for the rest of his career.

  2. Bob Loblaw Says:

    He should be…but it’s not going to happen if Daniel Snyder has anything to say about it. Seriously though, he’s in the last year of a classic Floyd Reese deal with backloaded cap hits and is going to want similar compensation for another 3-4 years. Consider that his cap hit is top 5 among LBs and he’s a 4-3 OLB with a 6-year old deal.
    How many other players in the league are in the 6th year of their deal and making top-5 money? I dunno, but I’ll go out on a limb and say none because the cap has increased much faster than anyone could have anticipated in 2004. If the cap continued at its previous trajectory, Bulluck might have been gone a year or two ago thanks to the manner in which Reese structured contracts – so let’s just be glad that he’s been here this long.
    Anyway, Keith is going to want an extension in the Ray Lewis ballpark, and MR likely won’t shell out that kind of dough, but might slap the franchise tag on him for a year or two if Keglar, McRath et al don’t look to be suitable replacements.

  3. The Kazuki Kid Says:

    If this were a petition, I would sign it a million times. I am so hopeful that we’ll resign him . . . because if we don’t, you know for a fact the ravens or some other team will snatch him up in a second…
    Plus, he’s a great guy and a great ambassador for our city.
    3 Years/22 Million (17 guaranteed) would do the trick

  4. Scott Says:

    I am holding out hope that he will re-sign with the Titans. It makes sense for both sides.
    He wants to be a Titan and he is the undisputed leader on a team that has an excellent defense and that has a chance to go to the Superbowl. There are very few other places he could go and be in the same position with a chance to win now.
    Bulluck’s situation is quite different from other franchise-type players the Titans have let go. Albert was a great player, but he wasn’t a leader and for that reason didn’t deserve the money that Washington threw at him. Steve McNair and Eddie George were at the end of their careers and had little left to give to the Titans. Bulluck is still at or near the top of his game. Samari Rolle and Derrick Mason were simply cap casualties who would likely have been re-signed by the Titans if the circumstances were different. This is not a factor with Bulluck.
    The Titans will put a value on Keith that reflects what he actually means to the team and I think it will be close to the value that Bulluck puts on himself. A deal will get done.

  5. Drew Says:

    I think the Eagles have proven over the past couple of years that cutting ties with aging players, regardless of emotional ties, is the way to go
    However, you can not ignore the leadership effect Keith has on the team. If the Titans re-sign him they are paying him as a player and as a coach

  6. Dave Says:

    I would absolutely hate to see Bulluck go. I don’t think there is a single Titan fan that would say differently. Cutting ties with an aging player who has run out of steam is one thing, but 53 still plays at a very high level. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him franchised for next year ( and maybe the following year)
    As far as the Eagles cutting ties, that remains to be seen. We will see what kind of impact letting Dawkins go will have. I really can’t think of any one single Eagles player who has meant as much to that team. His meaning in Philly ( and I live in the local Philly media market) is equivalent to Keith Bulluck’s meaning to the Titans.
    Unfortunately, as we all know, all good things must come to an end. As long as he doesn’t end up in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or an AFC south rival, I will always root for Keith. In fact, if we don’t resign him, I hope Daniel Snyder pays him enough to buy Albert Haynesworth with millions to spare.

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