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Titans, Ball working on contract

The Tennessee Titans are working toward bringing veteran defensive end Dave Ball back into the fold.

“We've been negotiating with the Titans off and on and working on it,” said Ball, who has been a mainstay in Tennessee's defensive line rotation since joining the team four years ago.

Ball has 15.5 career sacks, all of which have come since he joined the Titans as a street free agent prior to the '08 season. He posted a career-high seven sacks in 2010 and re-signed with Tennessee last season for a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

At the end of last season, Ball, who briefly contemplated retirement last year due to a concussion, expressed a desire to play in 2012 and to return to the Titans.

“We've been discussing things back and forth, and we'll see what happens,” Ball said. “I'd definitely like to get something done sooner rather than later if we could.”

Ball said he would like to be able to have something done, if possible, by the time the Titans begin their off-season program on April 16.

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