Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) celebrates with strong safety Bernard Pollard (31) after the San Francisco 49ers failed to convert on fourth down in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bernard Pollard Signs With Titans

Bernard Pollard has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans on a one-years deal, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans had brought Pollard in for a visit last week but it sounded as if Pollard was sitting on his options and weighing them for a while. Pollard is coming off a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens and leaving a team where he had been in tandem with Ed Reed for the past two years.

Here’s a look a Pollard’s career stats, courtesy of ESPN.com:

It has been widely expected that the Titans draft a safety in the upcoming draft, and with both SS receiving short-term contracts, it should still be expected, but the dire need is much less.

Pollard’s strength is in his hard hits. Unfortunately, he struggles in coverage, similar to Michael Griffin. The Titans had gaping holes in their backfield in 2012. Perhaps they’ll be using their safeties in a rotational package, depending on what they’re trying to protect. It just makes me uneasy thinking of two safeties in the backfield who struggle to cover receivers.

Hopefully when they draft someone this year, they bring in a guy with strong coverage skills. I’d hate for another season of DB’s whiffing on tackles while the big plays go by them.

On a more positive note, Pollard should help the Titans regain some of that aggressive attitude on defense that they’ve been missing the past few seasons.

The closer we get to the draft, the more weight seems to be falling on the Titans taking a DE early on.

What do you think of the Pollard signing?

 

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