Originally created 01/24/04

'Great ride' ends for Titans' Wycheck



NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frank Wycheck has no regrets about retiring after catching more than 500 passes in 11 NFL seasons, and says he's glad to go out a winner even though the Titans lost in the second round of the playoffs.

"I want to go out on top, and I want to retire as a Titan because I had so many great years here," Wycheck said Friday at a news conference, with his wife, Cherryn, seated nearby.

"I did everything I set out to do and much more. From a guy who wasn't even supposed to be in a training camp, let alone to where I ended up, I'm truly proud and I couldn't ask for anything more. It's been a truly great ride."

Wycheck recently became just the fourth tight end to top 500 catches, joining Shannon Sharpe and Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome.

The three-time Pro Bowl pick was the remaining Tennessee player from the Music City Miracle - the 75-yard kickoff return off his lateral that propelled the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2000.

Wycheck finishes his career with 505 catches for 5,126 yards and 28 touchdowns.

"Overall, I think he was one of the top players ever to play for us because of what he did both on and off the field," Titans owner Bud Adams said in a statement.

The Titans claimed Wycheck off waivers from Washington in 1995, and he led the franchise in receptions for five consecutive seasons.

After being injured this season, he returned for one last chance at a Super Bowl, but the Titans lost to eventual AFC champion New England 17-14 in the playoffs.

DAVIS GETS EXTENSION: The Cleveland Browns gave coach Butch Davis a two-year extension Friday despite a season in which the team lost 11 games.

Davis is signed with the Browns for four more seasons, through 2007.

Davis joined Cleveland in 2001, taking over an expansion team that had won just five games in two seasons. He led the Browns to the playoffs in his second season, but injuries and a lackluster offense kept the Browns from building on that success this season.

"He inherited a challenging situation in January of 2001, and we are in a much better position today than we were three years ago," Browns president Carmen Policy said. "We certainly have not achieved the lofty goals we have established for ourselves, but I am convinced we are not as far away as some may believe."

The Browns also hired Kennedy Pola as running backs coach and Fred Graves as wide receivers coach to complete their staff.