The Tennessee Titans are signing linebacker Luke Gifford to a two-year contract worth up to $5 million, according to a report from Todd Archer.
LB Luke Gifford has agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $5 million with the Tennessee Titans, according a source. Gifford led the Cowboys in special teams tackles in ‘22 and coaches believed he could handle larger role on defense.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 14, 2023
Gifford led the Cowboys in special teams tackles in 2022. Gifford played 368 special teams snaps in both 2021 and 2022, per Pro Football Focus. Gifford is Tennessee’s new special teams ace. Gifford played just 42 defensive snaps in 2022, per Pro Football Focus.
Gifford joins a revamped linebacker room that saw David Long Jr. sign with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. New general manager Ran Carthon also released Zach Cunningham earlier this offseason.
Gifford should be Tennessee’s new No. 3 linebacker. Monty Rice and Jack Gibbens are currently your 2023 starters. Gifford is unlikely to overtake one of them, although he could find himself in a competition with Gibbens. Chance Campbell is also on the roster as a potential coverage linebacker. Dylan Cole and Joe Jones are unrestricted free agents.
Like most positions on the roster, Tennessee requires more talent at inside linebacker.