Bo knows AWOL: An open letter to the Titans TE
In the annals of “I’m a get mine” the fact that you believe you ain’t got yours yet is totally whack.
Not showing up for Titans OTAs because you’re upset that you don’t have a long-term deal is churlish. You’re slated to make $4.9 million this year. And you’ve already signed the tender offer, or have you forgotten that? You will have made $9.3 million over the past two years, bringing your career total to around $11.7 million. Are you having trouble making ends meet?
May I remind that you’re … Bo Scaife?!? You were a sixth-round draft pick by the Titans despite the fact you had ACL injuries in high school and in college. Maybe you were sure you’d make an NFL roster, but no one else knew who you were. You’re entering your sixth year in the league and still outside of Vince Young and University of Texas fans … no one knows who you are. You haven’t had more than two touchdown receptions in a season since high school. Are there really teams waving long-term deals at a tight end with fewer touchdowns in his career than the immortal Visanthe Shiancoe had last season?!?
“Bo must have reasons for it (skipping voluntary OTas),” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said recently. “He was compensated pretty well last year, and he’s going to be compensated pretty well this year. I think we’ve treated Bo pretty well.”
Bo, they have treated you ridiculously well. You should thank your lucky stars every night when your head hits the pillow that the Titans put the franchise tag on you following the 2008 season. How you managed to get a franchise tag after catching 58 passes for 561 yards (9.7-yard average) and a whopping two TDs is anybody’s guess. It’s the worst use of the franchise tag since Burger Chef.
But because the Titans did it your salary tripled. Do you know who else’s salary triples in one year? Correct, no one’s. Here are just a few of the tight ends you made more money than last season: Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis, Jason Witten, Jeremy Shockey and the aforementioned Shiancoe. Sixteen tight ends caught more passes last season than your 45. Exactly 40 tight ends caught more touchdown passes than your one, including such household names as Jeff Dugan, Joey Haynos and J.P Foschi. Forty!
You’re about to make 10 times more than Titans running back Chris Johnson is slated to make this season. He’s not here for OTAs either. Here’s a quick test for you, Bo. Guess which one of your stories is playing better in the court of public opinion: The guy who rushed for 2,000 yards making $550,000, or the guy who caught one touchdown pass who’s making $4.9 million?
Meanwhile, your absence means all of the first-team reps are being split between Jared Cook and Craig Stevens. Do you need to be reminded the Titans traded up on draft day last season to take Cook? No, he wasn’t any great shakes as a rookie, but the front office wants him to be better this season because it will make the front office look better.
“We jumped out because we knew he (Cook) had potential,” Fisher said. “He reflects back on his first year as a little overwhelming like it is for young players. He is doing what he needs to do in the weight room and on the field, so we expect that to translate in production.”
Fisher added: “Because of the fact Bo is not here and Alge (Crumpler) will not be returning, right now Craig and Jared are our tight ends. It is a good combination. It is a very talented group from the standpoint of you have Craig who has really improved his strength and his understanding of what we are doing. Cookie can get open as we all know. He has a much better feel for the line of scrimmage now.”
C’mon, Bo, the coach is calling him “Cookie.” Still think you don’t need to be here?