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Turner draws interest from Titans, Bills; preseason dates finalized

Prized restricted free agent running back Michael Turner's chances of landing with the Green Bay Packers appear to be slim at best. Turner met with the Tennessee Titans on Monday and is scheduled to visit with the Buffalo Bills today.

The Nashville City Paper reported that the Titans are in negotiations with Turner, who was tendered at $2.35 million by the San Diego Chargers this off-season. If Turner signs an offer sheet with another team, that team owes the Chargers first- and third-round selections in this year's NFL draft as compensation.

While in Nashville, Turner took a physical, met Titans coaches and watched film on the visit, according to the City Paper.

"We have had some discussions with his agent about a contract, and we have discussed with the Chargers what they would consider to be proper compensation," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt told the City Paper. "We've had discussions, but nothing is imminent."

The Titans have been seeking a running back to go with LenDale White after losing Travis Henry to the Denver Broncos. Tennessee also is interested in free agent Corey Dillon and may re-sign free agent Chris Brown.

Turner rushed for 502 yards a year ago behind league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. Turner has averaged 6.0 per carry in 157 rushing attempts in the past three seasons for the Chargers.

The Packers lost veteran running back Ahman Green to the Houston Texans in free agency. Green Bay is expected to select a running back in the upcoming NFL draft, and has shown little, if any, interest in pursuing Turner.

Preseason dates, times finalized
Two days after learning of their preseason opponents, the Green Bay Packers Wednesday finalized dates and times for their first two exhibition games. Here is the preseason schedule:

Sat., Aug. 11, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 6:30 p.m., state TV
Sat., Aug. 18, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (Gold pkg.), Midwest Shrine Game, 7 p.m., state TV
Thurs., Aug. 23, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, Bishop's Charities Game, 7 p.m., FOX
Thurs., Aug. 30, at Tennessee Titans, 7 p.m., state TV

All times Central; times and dates subject to change.

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