Titans Add Fisher From Seahawks, Brown Takes AFC Honor

By: Terry McCormick, Associated Press
By: Terry McCormick, Associated Press

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans traded an undisclosed 2008 draft choice to the Seattle Seahawks for veteran defensive end Bryce Fisher on Tuesday.

Fisher, 30, should help bolster the position opposite Kyle Vanden Bosch where Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy have struggled with injuries and consistency.

To make room for Fisher on the roster, the Titans placed former University of Tennessee defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona on waivers. Mahelona was a fifth-round choice of the Titans last season.

Fisher, who was on the way to Nashville Tuesday evening and could be on the practice field today, is a known commodity to Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt and director of pro personnel Lake Dawson. Both came from the Seahawks organization.

"He has a lot of the attributes that you look for in a base defensive end -- someone who plays the run, has the ability to rush the passer and can play either side," Reinfeldt said. "I expect him to fit well in our system and add to the depth that we are building in the defensive line."

The Titans brought in Corey Simon for the D-line near the end of the preseason.

Fisher, who also has played for Buffalo and St. Louis, started 16 games at right defensive end for Seattle in 2006 and was a starter on the NFC championship team in 2005. But when the Seahawks added free agent Patrick Kearney in the offseason, they shifted Fisher to the right side and he lost a training-camp battle with Darryl Tapp.

Fisher is a captain in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Air Force Academy.

"He still has offseason obligations to the Air Force, and Bryce is proud and honored to be able to serve his country," said his agent, Peter Schaffer. "You look up 'professional' in the dictionary, and there is Bryce's picture next to it. He was excited to get to play for his hometown team in Seattle but is eager to begin a new chapter of his career in Tennessee."

Mahelona played in 10 games as a rookie for the Titans but was inactive for the final six games last season and the opener in Jacksonville last week. He may not have made the 53-man roster had Rien Long not suffered a knee injury and had trouble returning from an Achilles' tendon injury last year.

Brown AFC honoree
Titans running back Chris Brown was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his 175-yard performance Sunday at Jacksonville.

Brown surpassed his single-game career high and his season total from all of 2006 in the Titans' 13-10 victory.

Player auditions
The Titans brought in six linebackers and two long-snappers Tuesday as they seek to build an emergency list of players to call in case of injuries during the season.

Among the players who worked out Tuesday were linebackers Nick Greisen and Dhani Jones, both former NFL starters. Others were linebackers Kurt Campbell, Leon Joe, T.J. Hollowell and Matt Muncy and snappers Jared Retkofsky and Mike Schneck.


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