The Tennessee Titans and free-agent center Ben Jones reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year deal Tuesday, according to Fox 26's Mark Berman. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle confirmed the news, citing a league source.
The Titans desperately need to shore up their depth along the offensive line, and the 26-year-old Jones is a smashmouth character who can help open up holes for the 2014 rushing champion.
"He’s a good center," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter last September. "He plays tough. He’s a great teammate. He’s one of the leaders of our team."
The need for improved pass protection can't be ignored either.
As a rookie, quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked a league-high 54 times and was rarely afforded the luxury of working from a clean pocket as he scrambled for his life.
But now the picture is starting to come together a year after Mariota was hit on 105 separate occasions.
With veterans like Jones and Murray in the fold, the Titans are making a commitment to try and make the signal-caller's life under center easier—whether that means buying him more time to throw or simply having a bruising back to hand off to.
And with Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil potentially in play when Tennessee is on the clock at No. 1 overall in the NFL draft, the Titans could soon have a solid foundation in place as they seek to snap a seven-year postseason drought.