Gage Gone, Signs with Tennessee

Justin Gage came to Chicago as a fifth-rounder in 2003 and appeared to be oozing with potential. But after four largely disappointing seasons, his tenure with the Bears has come to an end. The former Missourt Tiger signed with Tennessee on Friday, and now the Monsters of the Midway have even more need for another wide receiver.


Tennessee agreed to terms with receiver Justin Gage on Friday, moving to fill a gaping hole on its roster. The four-year veteran had 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in 49 games, including 16 starts, for the Chicago Bears.

"Justin is a big, physical, and athletic receiver who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. "He gives us a different body type, and he will compete for a role within our receiving corps."

Gage was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by Chicago. He posted his best season in 2005 with a career-high 31 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Gage's agent did not return a call Friday.

He was signed a day after Philadelphia signed wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who had also visited Tennessee.

Tennessee released Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade at the start of free agency, creating a big need at wide receiver in addition to holes at cornerback and on the defensive line.

The Titans also announced Friday that the Dallas Cowboys would not match Tennessee's multi-year contract offer to linebacker Ryan Fowler. The team has also agreed to a three-year deal with cornerback Nick Harper.

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