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Ohio Steeler
06-08-2006, 09:50 PM
Steve McNair finally split with the Tennessee Titans and is heading for Baltimore.

McNair, who led the Titans to the 2000 Super Bowl, was dealt yesterday to a team that has been seeking a prime quarterback throughout its 10-year existence. He still had to pass a physical in Baltimore to finalize the deal, but the Ravens planned to introduce the man who shared the NFL?s MVP award in 2003 as their new quarterback at a news conference this afternoon.

The Titans swapped the face of their franchise and a fan favorite for what is believed to be a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. They had been trying to renegotiate McNair?s salary from his scheduled $9 million to reduce a $23.46 million salary cap hit.

"Obviously, the best situation would?ve been somehow to have been able to pay him what his market value was and keep him," said Bus Cook, McNair?s agent.

"Without that, it?s best for everybody that Steve moves on."

McNair, who turned 33 in February, was the winningest quarterback in franchise history. In 11 seasons, he went 81-59 and shared the MVP award with Peyton Manning three years ago.

The quarterback won a grievance last week that allowed him to return to team headquarters and work out after being told he couldn?t on April 3.

But the Titans had given McNair?s agent permission to talk with Baltimore on April 30 about a contract and Cook worked out a five-year deal with an $11 million signing bonus and $1 million salary for 2006.

That was much more than McNair could get from the Titans, who had drafted quarterback Vince Young of Texas with the third overall pick in April.

McNair is expected to be the starting quarterback for the team that ended the Titans? bid for a second straight Super Bowl appearance in 2001. That loss is merely one piece of the former AFC Central rivalry featuring physical games and trashtalking between the coaches.

Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday that players know change can happen at any position. He also wasn?t worried about McNair?s physical, even though the Titans had asked for a new physical, saying McNair failed his exit physical after missing the regular-season finale because of a strained pectoral muscle.

"As I understand it, he was cleared to play in the Pro Bowl. That one I?ll leave it to a higher pay grade than me to figure out how someone can fail an exit physical but be cleared to play in the Pro Bowl. I?m a little confused about that myself," Billick said.

The trade gives the Ravens the first star quarterback they have ever had.

"You can tell that from his mannerisms on the field and how he portrays and handles himself. He definitely brings some stability to the quarterback position," said tight end Todd Heap, who played with McNair in the Pro Bowl.

The trade also will reunite McNair with his favorite receiver. Derrick Mason signed with Baltimore last year after being among several starters released in a salary cap purge.

"I figure he?s still got two, three four years left in him if he doesn?t take the shots that he did in previous years," Mason said.
McNair is one of only four players in NFL history with 150 touchdowns passing and 35 rushing, trailing only Steve Young, Randall Cunningham and Steve Grogan. He is one of five with 25,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing, a group that includes John Elway, Fran Tarkenton, Young and Randall Cunningham.

I.C. Lights
06-08-2006, 10:24 PM
So much for liking McNair...

SteelCityMan786
06-08-2006, 10:28 PM
Don't worry he will have a criminal record in no time

Black@Gold Forever32
06-08-2006, 10:30 PM
So much for liking McNair...

I hear you. I always liked Steve McNair. I didn't want him to become a Raven. Now I have to root for us to kick his ass twice a year now.

SteelCityMan786
06-08-2006, 10:32 PM
I hear you. I always liked Steve McNair. I didn't want him to become a Raven. Now I have to root for us to kick his ass twice a year now.

With 10-15 More Sacks and INT's against the Ratbirds and many more teams.:sofunny:

SteelShooter
06-09-2006, 12:16 AM
Don't worry he will have a criminal record in no time


It is, of course, the Ratbirds way........................

Cape Cod Steel Head
06-09-2006, 12:29 PM
He's as brittle as a toothpick.

Ohio Steeler
06-09-2006, 01:08 PM
He's as brittle as a toothpick.


and we will be the ones to brake him in half

SteelerFanInCA
06-09-2006, 01:27 PM
McNair is nothing but a change of scenery in ratbirdville. He's not as mobile as he once was plus he has the whole health thing against him. I can see them being slightly better because anything is better than Kyle Boller.

Suitanim
06-09-2006, 04:59 PM
Sort of related...I heard that Bud Adams is pushing for Uncle Rico to start in the Titans opener...

BIG mistake...