NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans promoted quarterback Matt Mauck to the active roster from their practice squad on Tuesday to avoid losing him.

Mauck, available to any team wanting to sign him to their roster, had been at the airport Monday preparing to fly to New York where the Jets were scrounging for healthy quarterbacks.

But the Titans called and let Mauck know they wanted to keep him to themselves. The move will give the Titans three quarterbacks on the roster with Steve McNair and Billy Volek.

The Titans had signed Mauck to their practice squad after he was released by Denver.

Broncos at the end of the preseason. The Broncos drafted him in the seventh round in 2004 after he left college a year early.

Mauck spent three seasons as a catcher in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system but enrolled at LSU in 2000 after never getting out of Single-A. He redshirted his first season, played three games as a backup in 2001 and broke his foot as the Tigers’ starter.

As a senior in 2003, Mauck threw for 2,825 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns to help LSU win 13 games and share the national title with Southern California – the Tigers’ first since 1958.

AP-ES-09-27-05 1901EDT

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