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Titans: Fisher off limits to Cowboys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2007) -- Jeff Fisher is not a candidate to replace Bill Parcells as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Tennessee Titans picked up the option on Fisher's contract for 2007 and team owner Bud Adams is working on a long-term deal with Fisher, who earned $5 million last year.

So despite speculation Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would go after Fisher, the Titans say no way.

"We haven't been contacted by Dallas," chief executive officer Steve Underwood said in a statement. "In the event that we were, there are no circumstances that we would grant permission to the Cowboys to speak with coach Fisher."

With the resignation of Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, Fisher is the NFL's longest-tenured coach with one team. He has spent 12 full seasons with the Titans, a tenure that started with six games in 1994 coaching the then-Houston Oilers.

Fisher has a 110-97 record. He helped guide quarterback Vince Young to the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the Titans to an 8-8 record after an 0-5 start.

Fisher also is helping conduct interviews for the team's next general manager; Floyd Reese resigned on Jan. 5.

Even if Adams would allow Fisher to leave, Dallas likely would be the last team he would let steal away one of his coaches. Adams still lives in Houston, where his Oilers fought to attract attention away from the Cowboys in Texas before relocating to Tennessee in 1997.

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