The Tennessee Titans and veteran defensive lineman Al Woods reached an agreement on a new contract Saturday.
Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site confirmed the deal. SportsTrust Advisors, Woods' representative, stated the sides came to terms on a three-year contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the deal was worth $10.5 million, with another $2.25 million available in incentives. He added only $5 million of the deal was guaranteed.
Woods has spent the past two seasons in Tennessee. He previously had stays with the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks as a rotational defensive tackle. He's appeared in 69 games in his NFL career but made just 12 starts.
That said, nine of those starts came this past season with the Titans. The 28-year-old LSU product tallied 22 combined tackles in 14 games.
Those mediocre numbers coincide with Pro Football Focus' grade, the outlet ranking him as the No. 87 interior defender out of 124 qualifiers.
That didn't prevent him from getting interest on the open market, though. Rapoport reported Woods visited the Seahawks on Friday before ending up back in Tennessee.
Terry McCormick of Titan Insider previously revealed head coach Mike Mularkey wanted him back:
Terry McCormick @terrymc13
Mike Mularkey said DT Al Woods is one of #Titans free agents they are talking to and want to keep.2/24/2016, 5:30:41 PM
Woods should return to a similar role with the Titans. As a reliable run-stopper, he should see a lot of work on the early downs between Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones. His lack of rushing ability means he'll probably come off the field in passing situations.
It's not a game-changing move, but the Titans were thin at the position. Woods is simply a reliable veteran presence capable of filling the void.
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