Ben Jones Reportedly to Sign with Titans: Contract Details and Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2016

Houston Texans center Ben Jones (60) is introduced before an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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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. 

Word of Jones' arrival in Tennessee comes one day after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Titans were finalizing a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire running back DeMarco Murray

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."

Last year, the Titans ranked 25th with just 92.8 rushing yards per game while sitting just below the league average at 4.0 yards per rushing attempt. 

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.