McNair update

OWINGS MILLS -- If the Tennessee Titans hope to convince quarterback Steve McNair to restructure his contract, they'll probably need to up the ante significantly to trump the Baltimore Ravens' multi-million dollar offer.

During January negotiations, the Titans offered McNair, who currently has a $23.46 million salary-cap figure for this fiscal calendar, a $3 million signing bonus and a $2.5 million base salary for 2006, according to arbitrator John Feerick's written ruling in a grievance won by the 2003 NFL Co-Most Valuable Player.

That deal would have reportedly reduced McNair's cap figure by $6.5 million.

Subsequently, the Titans authorized McNair's agent, Bus Cook, to negotiate with the Ravens during the NFL draft and he struck a five-year deal with Baltimore that includes an $11 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2006.

Titans general manager Floyd Reese said he hopes to try again to restructure McNair's deal with Cook this weekend. However, Cook has expressed doubt that the Titans can match or come close to the Ravens' financial package.

It remains unclear if McNair will decide to report to workouts on Monday at the Titans' Baptist Sports Park headquarters, a right that was affirmed by Feerick's ruling that declined the NFL Players Association's request that McNair released and receive damages for missed workouts.

Meanwhile, Feerick's ruling appears to grant the Titans the flexibility to decide whether to include McNair in their six organized practices that begin June 13 or training camp if he's still on the roster.

"The request to grant relief as well with respect to the minicamp and preseason participation is denied since that issue is not presented in this grievance," Feerick wrote.

If the Ravens don't execute a trade for McNair prior to their workouts that resume Tuesday and conclude June 15, it's likely that they'll simply wait for him to be released.

If that scenario unfolds, McNair could remain with the Titans until late July when they would need to shed his salary in order to sign a rookie draft class that includes quarterback Vince Young.

Aaron Wilson writes for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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