Jevon Kearse just might be making it out of Tennessee and to the Minnesota Vikings. According to what a Titans team source told Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper, Kearse is the top priority for the Titans of the free agents they had in for visits on Wednesday, but the source wasn't certain if Kearse passed his physical.
Despite the Titans' desire to sign Kearse if he passes his physical, the feeling is that Kearse's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who also represents recently signed Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian, would encourage Kearse to visit the Vikings in hopes of creating a bidding war for the defensive end's services.
The Titans also had guard Jake Scott (Colts), running back Julius Jones (Cowboys) and defensive back Chris Carr (Raiders) in for visits on Wednesday, McCormick said.
On Thursday, the Titans are also expected to entertain about four other free agents, including defensive tackle Ellis Wyms, who is also scheduled to visit the Vikings on Friday. Wyms played for the Seattle Seahawks last year and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before that.
Kearse was cut by the Eagles before free agency began, with injuries and a big salary leading to his release. He was slated for a $6.46 million base salary with $2 million in prorated bonus money and a $125,000 workout bonus in 2008 before his release. His salary would have continued to escalate to $8.9 million and $10.2 million in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Vikings fans will remember Kearse as the player often discussed in the draft of 1999, when the Vikings were coming off a disappointing loss in the 1998 NFC Championship game and observers felt they were only a pass rusher away from Super Bowl glory. Instead, Dennis Green and the Vikings passed on joining the "Freak" on defense with their own "Superfreak" on offense and chose quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead.
Kearse started his career with 36 sacks in the first three years, but he hasn't reached double digits since then. In the last six years with the Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, he has registered only 33½ sacks.
However, during Kearse's first two years with the Eagles, when Vikings coach Brad Childress was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, Kearse delivered 7½ sacks each season. For his career, Kearse has 69½ sacks.
Kearse Could Be Coming
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