Tennessee Titans Free Agency 2013: Shonn Greene, Sammie Hill Headline Day 2
Tennessee Titans Grab Some Rotational Players for 2013-14 NFL season
Who were the winners during Day 1 of the 2013 NFL free-agency period? Many fans and experts agreed that the Tennessee Titans made some quality moves that should help this team during the 2013-14 season. The Titans got their No. 1 target when they signed offensive guard Andy Levitre. They replaced Jared Cook with Delanie Walker, a more versatile and complete tight end.
Day 2 was another eventful day. General manager Ruston Webster shifted his attention toward affordable low and mid-tier players who could help the Titans in rotational roles. The Titans added bulk and depth on their defensive line, a complementary running back for Chris Johnson and some players who’ll compete for backup jobs in training camp.
All of their signings have given management much more flexibility with their 10th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They could add Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper on the opposite side of Levitre. They could also look for a bulkier defensive end or a cornerback who would let Alterraun Verner return to nickelback. Maybe they’ll surprise some folks and take a wide receiver.
It’s no secret that the Titans are desperate for a quick turnaround from their 6-10 dud just this past year. Jobs are on the line and the coaches must show owner Bud Adams that they can get this team to the Promised Land—and soon. At age 90, Adams doesn’t have much time. Quick, yet intelligent fixes are required.
This slideshow features the major headlines from the second day of free agency. While the flurry of signings has ended, Webster has more plans to improve this roster before they enter training camp this summer.
DT Sammie Hill Agrees to 3-Year, $11.4 Million Contract
The big catch of the day came when 329-pound defensive tackle Sammie Hill agreed on a three-year, $11.4 million contract to join a rotation of defensive tackles that already include Jurrell Casey, Mike Martin and Karl Klug. Hill gives this team a huge body that can collapse the pocket and prevent double-teams on edge-rushers.
RB Shonn Greene Agrees to 3-Year, $10 Million Contract
A complementary running back was needed to support Johnson. Webster targeted Shonn Greene, a power back who spent his first four seasons with the New York Jets. Greene started his career as a No. 2 running back behind LaDainian Tomlinson. He’s a good player who is capable of carrying the load if Johnson ever went down for a prolonged period.
Did the Titans overpay for Greene? They could've found someone for cheaper in the middle or late rounds of the draft. Normally, there's a veteran running back who's unemployed in July or August (e.g. Cedric Benson). Players in those situations would sign for around veteran's minimum.
Definitely a slight overpay. Regardless, it's an upgrade over Javon Ringer or Jamie Harper.
FB Quinn Johnson Re-Signs for 2 Years
In a minor surprise, the Titans re-signed Quinn Johnson to a two-year contract. Johnson will likely compete with Collin Mooney for the starting fullback gig. Johnson may have the edge because of his experience from last season.
Introductory Press Conference
At 5:00 p.m. CT, the Titans held an introductory press conference with Levitre, Walker, Hill and Greene. Mike Munchak kept stressing the point that he wants his team to become more physical.
LB Moise Fokou Agrees to 2-Year Contract
Shortly after the press conference had ended, the Titans reached an agreement with 27-year-old linebacker Moise Fokou. Fokou will replace Will Witherspoon as a super-sub who can play outside linebacker and inside linebacker.
During the press conference, Webster claimed that the team wasn’t done making moves. A couple more minor additions aren’t out of the question. With the 10th pick in the draft, the Titans have a great opportunity to add another player who should contribute immediately.