December 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith (30) carries the ball against New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Host LB Jonathan Casillas

The Tennessee Titans are hosting LB Jonathan Casillas of the New Orleans Saints today. Casillas is a restricted free agent, as the Saints have offered him a contract but because the contract tender is the lowest possible offer, the Titans would not have to surrender a pick if they did sign Casillas. If (when) the Titans offer him a contract, the Saints would have five days to match the Titans offer.

Casillas is a 24-year-old linebacker who came into the league undrafted three years ago. He played in 11 games in 2009 but missed the entire 2010 season due to an injury. In 2011 he saw playing time in 13 games (four of which were starts), recording 43 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 passes defended.

From what I’ve come across, he seems to be a talented player, he may just be hindered by his smaller stature (6-1, 227lbs). I would not be surprised if the Titans brought him in as linebacker depth, as John Glennon of the Tennessean suggests, behind OLB Will Witherspoon. He’s a young player with some good production in his limited playing time and despite his size, would be a good signing.

Don’t be surprised if he ends up in Titans blue.


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