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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  • James Hayes

    WHAT?!?! This is amazing ! Great pick up can’t wait to see what he brings to the table with us . Proud day for the Titan family

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Certainly have made the safety position stronger this offseason. It’s good to see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke.haines.7 Luke Haines

    As a KC fan I was pissed when we gave him his walking papers and even more pissed that we didn’t fix that by getting him back when I heard Balt let him walk. Good pick up titans

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Always enjoy hearing what fans from previous teams have to say about a player. Thanks for the input!

  • dboi

    Not the same old titans! Lol. This is awesome! Its just a year but who knows, I hope he likes it at tennesse maybe he comes bak cheap or something. Wow now the draft seems like theyr just going to draft back ups for the back ups of the back ups. Ha ha I was hoping they were in the run for dumervil bcuz thats more of a need than safety but then again i didnt think he’d go to tennessee so i thought the signings were done BUT I hear this news! I guess that means no more dumervil and NOW theyr done with F.A?… OR NOT! Lol I thought they were done after the first three signings. One happy titan fan here!:D

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Ha ha. Still be looking for some depth signings, but the last of the real contributors should come via the draft.

      • dboi

        Ha ya I was just playin. But cant b ne happier to c these first steps to a turn around season

        • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

          No doubt. Good free agency. Spent a TON of money. Crazy to watch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

    Love this signing! The only thing that bothers me is it is obvious he doesn’t want to be here. Just a place to play until he can try the fa next year.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      I wouldn’t say he doesn’t want to be here, I think he was just hoping he’d find something better than a one-year deal. Be harder to get a good deal when he turns 29.

  • Wside#44Grooms

    I called this on the Hasselbeck article..Munchak mustve saw my plea when he was scrolling through Titan sized haha. Call me crazy but this is the signing I am most excited about, its a close tie with Levitre but this is a bigger deal than people think. The mentality he brings is priceless.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Imma call you crazy. There’s a reason he signed a one-year deal with the Titans instead of getting something better somewhere else.

      • Wside#44Grooms

        Well I guess I opened myself up for that one. But I think its a seriously underrated signing. Not sure which Bernard Pollard people have been watching. Must not be the same guy ive been seeing produce and knock players out consistently for the past couple of years. Cant say hes getting old or declining, led one of the absolute best defenses in the league in tackles, who also won a championship

        • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

          I think they’ve been seeing the one getting scorched in coverage. Good hitting safety, just struggles in coverage.

          • Wside#44Grooms

            Touche, I guess we’ll see how it plays out this season. I just feel good about Pollard, I hope he can liven up the Titans D.

          • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

            Can’t be any worse than anyone who started for us last year. I trust Williams will know how to use him right as well!

          • Wside#44Grooms

            Yea im sure if he doesnt end up being the starter, he’ll surely see action in obvious running situations. U have to love how he comes down on ball carriers, like the wood he laid on that poor Pat’s HB. Sweet Jesus

          • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

            Ha ha ha. Yeah. Terry McCormick was saying earlier that it’s likely we’ll be seeing Griff, Wilson, and Pollard on the field in 3 safety sets.

  • josh gunnels

    The only question is why he can’t stay anywhere for more than 2 years, but he’s always a starter wherever he goes?

    Good signing, good swagger.
    Pollard and Greg Williams? Crazy!!!

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Agreed. Also, why only a one-year deal with the Titans? You know he had to be looking for something more.

      • josh gunnels

        i think that’s all he could get. Williams probably sold him.

        There’s obviously issues with attitude etc for him to get the walking papers year after year as a starter. I think they just need to keep Mccourty on the same side of the field as him and they’ll be fine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eagle.58 Shawn Eagle

      Hes purely an in the box safety….his deficiencies in coverage are apparent…with that said….he brings attitude and thats what we need.

  • Mat. W.

    This has to be related to Williams’ three safety defense.

  • titianman87

    i like it finally got a hard hitting ss on our team since hope, no wait we have two now!

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