The first frenzied week of NFL free agency is in the books and the Tennessee Titans signed several players. I previously looked at the Day 1 signings where they signed Leon Washington and Dexter McCluster. Since then, the Titans have signed 4 players including former Baltimore Raven offensive tackle Michael Oher.
In addition to Oher, the Titans signed former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Al Woods to a 2 year $5 million contract. Woods is a versatile player who can play inside and out along the defensive line. With the Titans moving to a hybrid defense with a 3-4 base, Woods is expected to compete for the nose tackle position. In his 4 NFL seasons, Woods has played 39 games racking up 38 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 passes defensed.
The Titans also signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard to a 4 year $15.75 million dollar contract with 4.75 million guaranteed. In his 6 year career with the Broncos, Woodyard played in 87 games and tallied 434 tackles, 8 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 5 interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 16 tackles for a loss. Woodyard is a versatile linebacker who has experience playing in a base 3-4 and who is also very good on special teams.
Additionally, the Titans signed Memphis native and former University of Mississippi Rebel Michael Oher to a 4 year $20 million contract with $9.5 million guaranteed. Oher is expected to replace David Stewart who the Titans cut last week. Stewart battled injuries in 2013 and was due to make $6.4 million this season.
Oher has experience playing both right and left tackle. Left tackle Mike Roos was drafted in the same class as Stewart and the Titans will eventually need another starting offensive tackle. Byron Stingily is also still on the roster and could possibly compete for playing time at tackle.
Finally, the Titans signed former San Diego Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to a 2 year $4 million contract with $2 million guaranteed. They released backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who was due to make $3.25 and was due a $500,000.00 roster bonus. He had a $4.125 cap number for the Titans. Whitehurst is expected to backup Jake Locker this season.
One of the more head scratching free agency moves, Whitehurst was the backup in San Diego last year where Ken Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator. In his 9 years in the league, Whitehurst has played 13 games and has gone 84 of 155 for 805 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and a completion percentage of 54.2. His career quarterback rating is 64.6.
The Titans are reportedly also interested in former Pittsburgh Steelers running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. Stay tuned for more free agency news and analysis.