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Tennessee Titans Sign Barry Richardson

Just days after saying they were set with who they had, the Titans added right tackle Barry Richardson to the squad. Is this foretelling of Stewart's injury, or just a precautionary measure?

Grant Halverson

Just days after Mike Munchak said they like everyone they have in camp and aren't looking to sign anyone, the team made a move to sign offensive tackle Barry Richardson.

Richardson played 4 years for the Kansas City Chiefs before starting all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams last year. He's the second Rams offensive lineman the Titans have brought into camp this year, the first being Rob Turner, as the Rams are also attempting to overhaul a shaky offensive front five in their-off season.

At first, one would think that the signing is just for depth due to right tackle David Stewart still not having fully recovered from a broken leg suffered on December 2nd of last year. Obviously Stewart isn't progressing at the rate he and the team would like. Making the move combined with it coming days after Munchak said they were set is cause for concern.

The good news is that the boys at PFF had good things to say about Richardson, especially towards the end of last season. The other good news is that if anyone can coach up offensive lineman, it should be Bruce Mathews and Mike Munchak.

"On the other side, Barry Richardson started at right tackle and had a solid season. Richardson's best play came at the end of the season, as in his last four games his lowest grade was +1.4 and he allowed only one sack. The former sixth-round pick played nearly every snap for the Rams and could be emerging as a strong right tackle."

The biggest concern here is time spent together as a unit. The Titans need their newly made over line to play together through all of training camp in order to become cohesive. Having a feel for how the guy next to you is going to react is of paramount importance on the offensive line. If Stewart goes on the PUP at the beginning of camp, look for there to be another camp competition at the right tackle spot between Byron Stingily and Barry Richardson to start the season. Hopefully it doesn't last long and the unit can begin playing together as a whole as early as possible.