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In my opinion, re-signing Bernard Pollard was the best move the Titans made in free agency. It's also the one most likely to have a big impact in 2014.
The strong safety position had been a position of weakness for years in Tennessee, but Pollard changed that in 2013, bringing both stability and attitude to the defensive backfield.
With Alterraun Verner leaving, the Titans couldn't afford to lose another key cog in their best unit from 2013, so they re-signed Pollard before free agency began.
Pollard may have cost the Titans some yards via penalties, but he more than made up for it with his ability to defend against the run, and he played better than he had for most of his career against the pass.
Outside of Verner, Pollard was the highest priority free agent that the Titans had, so getting him back was a great move, and it ought to help the defensive backs transition to a Verner-less defense and a new scheme.
While some analysts downplay the value of having a player like Pollard on a team, he actually had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013.
Besides his presence on the field, his leadership during the offseason and the regular season is always at the forefront.
He is very vocal about his expectations as a team and of each of his teammates whenever he feels it is needed, a la a post-practice interview covered by TitansOnline.com's Craig Peters:
We know where we don’t want to go. We know what we don’t want to do, Pollard said. We’ve got some pieces of the puzzle that have been to where we want to go, so now it’s time for us to put that together in a new defense where it’s going to allow us to make plays, it’s going to put the players in position to make game-changing plays for us. We didn’t do a lot of that last year.