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Titans retain receiver McCareins

By Len Pasquarelli


Reliable wide receiver Justin McCareins, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week, has re-signed with the Tennessee Titans.

McCareins signed a one-year contract for $730,000, precluding him from testing the free-agent market when it begins next Friday.

Regarded as an effective possession-type receiver, who possesses occasional deep speed, McCareins was considered an offseason key for Tennessee officials. Keeping MCareins will provide some continuity to the Titans' passing game.

In his second stint with Tennessee in 2008, McCareins started 10 games and caught 30 passes for 412 yards. He is an eight-year veteran from Northern Illinois.

McCareins, 30, began his NFL career as the Titans' fourth-round choice in the 2001 draft. He played his first three seasons for the Titans before being traded to the New York Jets in 2003, and signing a seven-year contract. After four mostly productive seasons with the Jets, he was released after the 2007 season, and signed a one-year contract with Tennessee for a second tour of duty.

At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, McCareins represents a solid midrange target.

For his career, McCareins has started in 99 of 130 regular-season appearances. He has 240 receptions for 3,676 yards and 16 touchdowns. McCareins' most productive stretch was 2003-2005, when he totaled 146 catches for 2,296 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

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I barely watched the Titans this year, but everytime I did there was Justin, dropping balls.


Just think, if Justin McCareins caught that ball against Baltimore in 2007, we would not have got Vernon Gholston in the draft.


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Who possesses occasional deep speed???

WTF is occasional deep speed? You're either fast or you aren't.

Hah! Brilliant. Maybe the dumbest statement of the week. You have to admit, though. Justin had great hands. Occasionally. And he was clutch when he didn't drop game changing passes. And he was tenacious fighting for the ball except for the times when he wasn't.

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