Titans, Kearse agree to terms on multi-year contract
NASHVILLE, TN, March 6, 2008 – The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with defensive end Jevon Kearse, reuniting the three-time Pro Bowler with the club that drafted him in 1999.
“Jevon is a piece of the puzzle in trying to fill the defensive end need that we have,” said Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt. “Our expectation for him is to rush the passer in a limited number of snaps. He has always been a dynamic edge rusher and we want to put him in those situations.”
A veteran of nine NFL seasons, Kearse spent the past four years in Philadelphia after beginning his career with the Titans. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender, who earned the nickname “The Freak” during his playing days at the University of Florida, has played in 111 career games. His statistics include 444 tackles, 69.5 sacks, one interception and 29 forced fumbles.
Originally the 16th overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft, Kearse won the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award after setting rookie record with 14.5 sacks. In five campaigns with the Titans, he registered a total of 47.5 sacks, a figure that ranks seventh in team history.
The Titans have now sealed up two quality free agents by signing both Jevon Kearse and Algae Crumpler, the pro-bowl tight end formerly with the Atlanta Falcons. Both players bring years of experience, and will contribute in concrete ways immediately. Vince Young will now have a serious dependable outlet in Crumpler, and a defensive line featuring three pro-bowlers in Kearse, Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch will give headaches to opposing offenses.
While this does not automatically put the Titans in Super Bowl contention, it is definitely an upgrade over the previous year.
The only problem? I have to wait 5 and a half damn months for the NFL season to start.