Fisher: Mawae welcome back — as a Titans reserve

INDIANAPOLIS — Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team has chosen to begin a youth movement at center and is prepared to move on without Kevin Mawae. While he said he would love for Mawae to return, Fisher made it clear that the veteran would be a backup.

“It was a difficult decision for us, because we’ve decided to go in the direction of a youthful movement, instead of trying to attempt to agree to terms with Kevin as a starter,” Fisher said. “I had a very good conversation with Kevin a week or so ago, and we’d very much like to have him back in some sort of backup capacity.”

Fisher acknowledged that he still believes Mawae has the ability to start. Fisher added that the center will consider other options but is welcome back in Tennessee if he’s willing to accept his role.

Fisher also said the Titans are in discussions with free-agent-to-be Kyle Vanden Bosch on a contract, but that the two sides remain apart on the parameters of a deal.

Jason Feller

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