According to the caption from Getty, this is Ken Amato. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Ken Amato remains a free agent. His name is not one that comes up very often, but his name has been included on every 53 man roster prediction I have done on this site. He has been a staple of the roster for 9 years.
It appears that will change this year. The Titans have brought in two guys, Jake Ingram and Beau Brinkley, to compete for the long snapper spot. They even gave Brinkley, an undrafted rookie tight end from Missouri, a $20,000 signing bonus. That is not insignificant money.
Alex Cate of The Tennessean asked Rob Bironas about the potential change, and he is not all that pleased about it:
"To be perfectly honest, I’m not looking for a new long snapper," he said. "Ken Amato has been my guy since I got in town."
Brett Kern echoed a similar sentiment to Cate:
"Between Rob, Kenny and myself we just had a great relationship on and off the field," Kern said. "We knew each other’s tendencies and how each of us functioned and how we performed to our best."
My memory isn't the greatest, but I seem to remember a few shaky snaps on field goals last year, so it might be time for a change. The good thing here is that Amato probably isn't going anywhere else, so if they decide that the new guys aren't working out, they can always bring him to camp.