This offseason the Titans front office proved to everyone that they're not cheap, by going out and spending $100 million in free agency. However, they have had the reputation in the past of being "cheap" and I'm wondering if that comes not from being inactive in free agency, but from not resigning their own guys to contract extensions, or waiting too late to begin talks. Just in the past few years we missed resigning Finnegan and Jared Cook (who had a monster game for the Rams this week) because IMO we waited too long to start contract extension talks. So the question is, does the Titans FO have some unwritten rule that they will not negotiate a long term contract with any of their players until their contract year? Because the only person I can recall that was given an extension that wasn't in their contract year is Chris Johnson, and that was because he held out (though I'm sure there are some others, I just don't remember them). Here's the point: I think our team and especially our defense has suffered lately from not having a sold core of players that we can build around. We are extremely young but have some talent and I'm worried that if we wait too long to try to resign players like Jurrell Casey and Akeem Ayers, they will just wait it out and see what they can get in free agency. On 104.5 this evening someone called in and asked John McClain how he would compare Casey to Haynesoworth, and he said he thought Casey was a better player. I think he can be that beast in the middle that we've lacked since A.H. was here, when we had that awesome defense and went 13-3. I say we start contract negotiations now with both Casey & Ayers and lock them up for years to come. I'm afraid if we don't start talks soon that both of them will realize after this season that they're just a year away from free agency and that they could break the bank if they just wait a year to sign. If we started now, it would give us two solid players to build around, kind of like the Ravens did with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, giving us the stability we need.