Tennessee Titans Sign DE Ropati Pitoitua, Continue Retooling Process
The Tennessee Titans continued to bolster their 2013 roster on Monday when they signed defensive end Ropati Pitoitua. The four-year veteran is coming off his best season as a pro in 2012, when he recorded 32 tackles and two sacks while starting 10 games for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pitoitua will add size to the Titans’ defensive line, as he stands 6’8” tall and weighs in at over 300 pounds. The team is hoping he’ll help out in run defense, as they finished 24th in the league a year ago, allowing 127.2 yards per game. While this isn’t a flashy signing for the franchise, it’s one that should help improve a specific area of the team, and therefore it’s a quality signing.
Tennessee has done a good amount of work this offseason, and while there are some varying opinions on their moves, the team seems to be better as a whole.
Arguably, the biggest addition came in the form of G Andy Levitre. Tennessee sorely needed to upgrade their offensive line after a ton of injuries in 2012 and the retirement of Steve Hutchinson. Levitre has been nothing but solid since joining the league in 2009, starting all 64 games during his young career.
The Titans have also inked several other notable free agents including – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shonn Greene, and Bernard Pollard. Lots of folks are perplexed by the Greene signing, because they don’t think Chris Johnson needs any help, but it does give them arguably the best backfield in the league.
Fitzpatrick will be a solid backup who could carry the load if needed, and Pollard is an upgrade at safety. All in all, the Titans have improved their roster this offseason, and certainly have taken a step in the right direction. We’ll see how they follow it up in the draft here in a few weeks, but just with what the team has done so far in free agency, I’m willing to bet they’ll top last year’s six-win total.
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