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- Titans Trade QB Steve McNair

Chris Pokorny June 7, 2006
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The Baltimore Ravens may have finally gotten what they've wanted: Steve McNair. The Ravens traded what is believed to be a fourth-round pick in next year's draft in exchange for the aging quarterback. The deal has been in the works for months, but wasn't made official until Wednesday. The Titans did not want to keep McNair because he was scheduled to make $9 million this season. The team was able to restructure his deal for five years and $11 million. The team had already drafted quarterback Vince Young in the first round of the draft.

"Obviously, the best situation would've been somehow to have been able to pay him what his market value was and keep him," said Bus Cook, McNair's agent. "Without that, it's best for everybody that Steve moves on."

McNair has a career record of 81-59, and was the co-MVP three years ago. The Titans had not been allowing him to practice at the team's headquarters for awhile, until McNair won a grievance last week. McNair is expected to become the Ravens starting quarterback due to the strong push they made for him. On top of that, Kyle Boller has not been getting the job done the past few years. The team's offense has seemed "dead" more times than not.

"If Steve gets here, or when he gets here, we'll handle it then. But as far as now, I'm just out here competing and trying to get this offense where it needs to be," Boller said, regarding the Ravens acquiring of McNair. "I'm going about my business right now like I'm the starter. That's the only way I can think of it."

McNair has had seasons filled with injury, and has not played a full year in recent memory because of it. The Titans have been forced to alter with McNair and Billy Volek. Now, for the Titans, they'll have to decide if Volek becomes the starter or if Young will step in and try to make an impact right away.


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