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Titans might have to cut Hopkins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2006) -- Left tackle Brad Hopkins' 13-year career with the Tennessee Titans might be coming to an end, his agent said.

Mark Bartelstein said he has talked with Titans officials about Hopkins' future.

"My guess is right now I think it's probably heading toward Brad being released. We'll see what happens with the CBA," Bartelstein said of the league's labor deal.

Titans general manager Floyd Reese was in Indianapolis with the final day of the NFL Scouting Combine and was not immediately available to comment.

Bartelstein said a deal on the collective bargaining agreement could give the Titans more room under the salary cap and help Hopkins stick around.

"We'll see. Brad is still one of the top starting left tackles in this league. He'd love to stay with the Titans, love to stay in Tennessee and finish his career there. It'll be a matter of whether or not we can make the numbers work," Bartelstein said.

Hopkins ranks third in franchise history in games played with 194 and second in starts with 188 by an offensive lineman behind Bruce Matthews. He started 15 games in 2005 for the NFL's ninth-best passing offense.

A No. 1 draft pick in 1993, Hopkins was one of three players with 11 or more years of NFL experience on the Titans' roster in 2005.

He did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

The Titans spent the past two offseasons purging high-priced players from their roster in a rebuilding effort that left them with the youngest team in the league last season.

The Associated Press News Service

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