I first learned through ESPN's Adam Schefter that Bo Scaife had signed his $4,908,200 restricted free-agent tender.
ScaifeThat’s a 10 percent raise for Scaife on what he made in 2009, when the Titans franchised him to prevent him from hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent -- and an excellent salary for him. The last year of the CBA changed the parameters for free agency and Scaife moved backward, to restricted status.
I am sure he’d rather have a long-term deal, with the Titans or someone else, but I’m not sure he’d get the sort of contract that would line up with the salaries of 2009 and 2010. After this year he will have made over $9.3 million in two seasons, more than I imagine he could have made in the first two years of a free-agent deal last year.
To me, Scaife’s not as dynamic as he was earlier in his career. But he’s still a valuable cog, especially with Vince Young at quarterback. Jared Cook is unproven, Craig Stevens is a blocking tight end and Alge Crumpler remains unrestricted.
I’m planning to write more about the Titans at tight end later this week, so please stay tuned.