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Titans sign WSU's Alfred

All he wanted was a chance to play

And Washington State product Kenny Alfred is getting that opportunity to show if he can make it in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Just minutes after the NFL draft’s conclusion on Saturday, Alfred got a free agent offer from the Titans and agreed to terms to join the team. He will report to the team’s post-draft minicamp Thursday.

Alfred said he was not upset about not getting drafted.

“Not at all,” Alfred said. I’ve been saying from the start that all I’ve been looking for is an opportunity, and I got that.”

The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Gig Harbor native will get a chance to block for one of the best backs in the league in Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, who ran for over 2,000 yards last season.

For WSU, 2010 was the third year since 1978 that the Cougars have not had at least one player drafted.

No WSU players were drafted in 1991 and 1994, either.

Washington State not having a player selected in this year’s draft snapped a streak of 15 straight drafts with one or more players selected.

Holmgren: McCoy will sit as rookie

The Colt McCoy Show won’t be opening any time soon in Cleveland.

With Browns fans already fired up over McCoy’s selection by Cleveland in the third round of the NFL draft, team president and in-house quarterback savant Mike Holmgren said that there are no plans to play the Texas quarterback as a rookie.

Despite his pedigree, McCoy just isn’t ready and Holmgren won’t force him on coach Eric Mangini.

Not yet, at least.

“He’s not going to play this year,” Holmgren said as the Browns wrapped up a successful first draft under his watch.

“Things could change, but I don’t expect him to play. We have three quarterbacks already here that we feel very good about. The best thing that might be able to happen to him is that he just sits, watches, learns and make the transition into the pro game.”

Jets release Faneca

Two years after coming in to stabilize the Jets’ young offensive line, Alan Faneca’s run in New York is over.

The Jets released the veteran Pro Bowl left guard, parting ways with one of the leaders of a unit that paved the way for the league’s top-rushing offense.

“He gave us two incredible years, but along with Woody (Johnson), Rex and I, our job is to make the hard decision, not necessarily the easy one,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “With Alan, we just felt it was time to move on.”

Raiders acquire QB Campbell

The Oakland Raiders made the big trade for a quarterback that had been rumored for much of the offseason, acquiring former first-round pick Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins.

The teams agreed on the final day of the NFL draft for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick, possibly signaling the end of JaMarcus Russell’s tenure in Oakland.

Campbell previously signed a restricted free agent tender that pays him $3.14 million this season.

Elsewhere

Free agent running back Brian Westbrook, released by the Eagles in February after an injury-plagued 2009 season, had a physical with the St. Louis Rams. ... The New York Jets are converting former No. 1 draft pick Vernon Gholston into a defensive end after two disappointing years at outside linebacker. ... The New England Patriots signed former Oakland Raiders tackle Gerard Warren as they continued to restock their defensive line. … The Steelers reacquired cornerback Bryant McFadden plus a sixth-round draft pick from the Arizona Cardinals for one of Pittsburgh’s three picks in the fifth round.

Staff writer Eric Williams contributed to this story.

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