Originally posted on Total Titans  |  Last updated 2/29/12
Chris Hope was signed to a six-year deal in 2006. For for years, he was a very good player for the Titans, then had a down fifth year. In 2011, he got hurt early and lost his starting job to Jordan Babineaux.  As disappointing as Hope's performance was, all the more galling is that he made $7 million for it. Given his 2010 play, there's no chance he would've gotten that kind of deal in the free agent market, and it's a surprise the Titans kept him around. Well, not that much of a surprise. One of the things that became an irregular theme when I discussed the Titans' recent free agent signings in yesterday's post is that Hope is far from the only player the Titans signed in free agency who started off good and then ended his tenure on a down note. Kevin Mawae (yes, I'm aware he made the Pro Bowl), Nick Harper, and Jake Scott are other examples of the trend. Like not churning the roster, this seems to be the result of a broader team philosophy. Some teams, and I once again cite the...
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