Titans sign Rashad Johnson
The Titans and free agent safety Rashad Johnson agreed to a one-year deal Friday Morning. Nfl.com insider Ian Rappaport was first to report the deal through Twitter.
Rashad Johnson confirmed the signing with his own Twitter post.
In Johnson, the Titans get one of the most productive safeties on one of the best teams in football over the last two years. Johnson has accumulated 153 tackles and 9 interceptions over the last two seasons.
Johnson brings a hard hitting, toughness on the field as a player known for his smash mouth style. The addition replaces the loss of safety Michael Griffin earlier this off-season. Griffin’s contract counted 8.65 million toward the Titans cap in 2016.
The team cut Griffin back on February 9th, which saved them over 6 million dollars. It was no secret the Titans had a whole at the safety position but waited patiently through the first waves of free agency to find their replacement.
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Joshnson, 30, is a year younger than Griffin and is a low risk move on a one-year deal. If he doesn’t play well, the Titans will just cut him after season’s end. Playing in Arizona, next to two of the best cornerbacks in football in Patrick Peterson and Tyron Matheui, belief could be Johnson had a lot of help in coverage which allowed him to focus on just making tackles and playing the ball.
The Titans most likely will draft a safety in the upcoming draft in the middle to late rounds. A veteran like Johnson could be a great member to a young player learning the position.