Bernard Pollard’s deal with #Titans: 2 years worth up to $6.4M with $850K signing bonus. Includes $500K roster bonus, $200K workout bonuses
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2014
Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard earned a nice little increase for his solid performance during the 2013-14 NFL season. After the Baltimore Ravens released him following the 2012-13 season, Pollard joined Tennessee on a one-year, $2 million contract. Pollard was a vital piece in restoring a defense that had previously surrendered a franchise-worst 471 points. According to ESPN, his 2013 totals included 99 tackles with three interceptions and 0.5 sacks. He had a key blocked extra point which proved critical during a Week 16 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pollard is one of two defensive backs who were scheduled to free-agent market. Cornerback Alterraun Verner looks more and more likely like he could test the market after the team neglected to use their franchise tag or transition tags on the Pro Bowler. Reasonable assumption is that Verner expects to make around $8-10 million per season. A desperate team who’s cornerback-needy may pay on the high end of that, if not more. Miami Dolphins just compensated their Pro Bowl cornerback, soon-to-be 31-year-old Brent Grimes, to a four-year, $32 million deal.
Re-signing Pollard means that the Titans will retain at least three-fourths of their starting defensive backfield from one season ago: Jason McCourty, Michael Griffin and Pollard.