|Mike Reinfeldt has a long history with the Titans franchise, first as a player and now as a well-respected general manager. (Grant Halverson/US Presswire)|
But Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt won't have to worry about his future. That's because he recently received a contract extension that runs through 2014, the Tennessean reported Sunday, citing sources.
Reinfeldt, whose contract was supposed to expire this year, wouldn't confirm or discuss the extension, according to the newspaper. Team officials also wouldn't comment.
Reinfeldt joined the Titans in 2007 after spending seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and eight with the Green Bay Packers. Of the 37 players Tennessee has drafted during Reinfeldt's tenure, 27 remain on the roster, including star running back Chris Johnson and safety Michael Griffin.
The Titans have struggled recently, missing the playoffs in the last two seasons, but NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, a former GM, told the Tennessean that Reinfeldt is well-respected throughout the league.
"As a contract negotiator, he's always been one of the best in the NFL," Casserly said. "He's done a terrific job paying players the right amount. On the personnel side, he is a sharp guy, and he knows what it takes to win in the league."
Reinfeldt also played in the NFL from 1976 to 1983 and was an All-Pro safety for the Houston Oilers, who moved to Tennessee in 1997 and became the Titans. Reinfeldt had a league-leading 12 interceptions in 1979 and ranks seventh in Oilers/Titans franchise history with 26 career picks.