From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
The #Titans have signed defensive tackle Antonio Johnson to a one-year contract.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 13, 2013
The Titans drafted Antonio Johnson with the 152nd pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. From 2008-12, Johnson spent five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had 121 tackles with 1.5 sack. His last full sack (1.0) came in 2009. His last half-sack came in 2010.
At age 28, Johnson will try to continue his football career and win a job during training camp. He’ll compete with a group of defensive tackles that include Jurrell Casey, Mike Martin, Sammie Lee Hill, Karl Klug, DaJohn Harris and Stefan Charles. Ropati Pitoitua is another player who could see some playing time at defensive tackle.
What can Titans fans expect from Johnson? Evan Silva from Rotoworld had the following tweet:
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 13, 2013
If Johnson has a remarkable preseason that’s similar to what Keyunta Dawson had in 2012, then maybe he can edge someone out as a fifth DT in the rotation. A more realistic scenario—Johnson isn’t anything more than another body for training camp.
This shouldn’t have any impact on adding another defensive end. But when summer arrives and if the temperatures reach 100-plus Fahrenheit, they’ll need all the big bodies they can get.