by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/19/14) The Titans are bringing back defensive lineman Antonio Johnson , according to The Tennessean Tuesday. Johnson's deal is expected to be for two years, with financial terms not yet a available.
Johnson had the most productive season of his career in 2013, his first with the Titans. He appeared in 16 games for just the second time in six seasons, finishing with 22 tackles and three sacks.
Al Woods heads to Tennessee on two-year deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/12/14) The Titans signed defensive lineman Al Woods to a two-year deal Wednesday, ending his two-year run with the Steelers. Woods' contract will pay him $5 million over two years, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Woods is coming off the most productive season of his career, as he played in all 16 games for the first time in four seasons. He picked up 16 tackles and two sacks, the latter of which represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.
Titans trying to strike long-term deal with Alterraun Verner
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) The Titans are meeting with cornerback Alterraun Verner's agent at the combine in hopes of signing him to a long-term contract, reports the Tennessean. There's still work to do, but at this point the team is not expected to slap the franchise tag on Verner.
The 25-year-old free agent made the Pro Bowl after intercepting five passes and defending 23 more.
Re-signing Alterraun Verner is key for Titans
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/6/14) Re-signing free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner should be the Titans' top priority, reports USA Today. Verner, 25, enjoyed a breakout season with five interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He made the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro second team.
Verner says he'd like to return to Tennessee but isn't afraid to test the market.
Coach hoping for May return for Jake Locker
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/31/14) New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes quarterback Jake Lockerwill return from a Lisfranc surgery in Week 10 in time to participate in organized team activities in May. But he does not want to rush him back.
"We're going to have to rein him in a little bit, not from the standpoint of trying to get better, but he probably wants to go right now - just in my sense to talking with him," Whisenhunt told The Tennesseean. "But Jake has to be healthy. We want him to be 100 percent. ... There will be plenty of time to get him on the field."
Locker played in just seven games in 2013 and struggled after a strong start. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,256 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
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The addition of coordinator Ray Horton and a move to the 3-4 scheme should make the Titans defense more aggressive, though they had their moments last season. Improving their run defense was be a priority after ranking 20th against the ground game and they did it by adding linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips from Denver. Losing cornerback Alterraun Verner will sting as he was a big reason for the Titans being good against the pass for much of the year. It could be a tough season for the Titans overall unless they make some shrewd draft moves. We'd pass on them as a DST save for favorable matchups during the bye weeks.