The Titans signed veteran reserve tackle Mike Otto to a two-year deal that locks him up through 2013. Otto has appeared in 41 games over the past five years, and got his first start this past season filling in for an injured David Stewart. Otto is a reliable back up with the ability to play either tackle spot. He's also a consistent presence as a blocker on special teams. Locking up Otto, with Byron Stingily and Troy Kropog still around, ensures that no matter what changes come happen along the offensive line, there will be steady depth at the tackle position.
On the heels of that news comes word from Terry McCormick that the next veteran the Titans are looking to negotiate with is Jason Jones. Jones' struggles as a DE are well documented, but Jerry Gray is hinting that Jones may be moved back inside next season if the two sides can agree on a contract. I don't expect Jones to get more than two or three years, but I'm hoping they can get Jones signed and play him at DT, where he's a force rushing the passer. Just imagine he and Klug next to each other in the middle on obvious passing downs.
Stanford Routt was a surprise cut by the Raiders yesterday, and the Titans are among the first teams to schedule a workout with the veteran cornerback. Routt was a second round draft pick back in 2005, and had some good years in Oakland. The Titans' eagerness to work-out Routt could be seen by many as another sign they don't expect to have Cortland Finnegan on the team next year.
Keith Bulluck says Dwight Freeney might not be interested in playing in a 3-4 system like the one new coach Chuck Pagano runs. Freeney has been a standout defensive end for 11 years, and Bulluck thinks he has no interest in standing up to play OLB. If the Colts decide to cut him, they could save $14 million on his $19 million cap number. That sounds like a recipe for getting cut or traded, for sure.
Wes Bunting takes a look at the deepest positions in the draft, and Titans fans will like what he has to say: cornerback is the deepest, while offensive guard is second.
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