Linebacker Jamie Winborn went from starter to out on the street in less than 24 hours.
He thought when he got up on Saturday morning he was heading to Dallas with the rest of the Tennessee Titans. Instead, he was told his services were no longer needed.
That is, until Colin Allred was injured in the game, and on Wednesday, Winborn was back at Baptist Sports Park, preparing for Monday night's game in Jacksonville.
“It’s the NFL; things have to happen sometimes,” Winborn said at his locker on Thursday. “It’s not always going to be in your favor. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it is not.”
With Gerald McRath serving a four-game suspension to start the season, Winborn had beaten out Allred for the starting outside linebacker spot. Conventional wisdom would have the starter (and vested player) sticking around over the less experienced and non-vested player in Allred. But that wouldn’t be the case.
“When you get older, you just take every day and enjoy them,” said Winborn.
And that he did on Sunday, inviting over 15 friends to his house and sitting around and watching all the games, including the Titans.
When asked if he was rooting for the Titans against Dallas?
“Of course,”Winborn said. “I was even texting [Will] Witherspoon and McRath during the game.”
McRath saw his first action of the season on Sunday, and Winborn took the time to call McRath after the game.
“You looked quick out there, you looked fast and weren’t second guessing yourself,” Winborn said to McRath in the phone call after the big win.
While it was tough getting the news he had been cut on Saturday, the silver lining would be his salary being guaranteed for the rest of the year. When he re-signed on Wednesday, he did so for the remainder of the 2010 season.
But Winborn wasn’t worried about that; he still wanted to play football.
“I was just hoping for the best,” he said. “I just knew that this is where I wanted to be.”
And until Wednesday, he wasn’t sure where he would end up, because he had told the Titans if he didn’t get a call by then, he would have to look into going to another team.
His first game back will be under the lights of Monday Night Football on national television. Winborn sounds as if he can't wait.
“It was great to come back here where I’m familiar with everybody and everything,” Winborn said with a big smile on his face. “I’m happy everything worked out, and now it’s time to keep winning.”