The Tennessee Titans agreed to a new three-year contract extension with defensive tackle Al Woods late Friday night.
Woods was one of the Titans top priorities in free agency to retain this off-season and on Thursday, general manager Jon Robinson indicated that the two sides were still talking on a new contract. His agency, Sports Trust Advisors, tweeted out that the deal had been completed. The deal is for $10.5 million with $5 million in guarantees, a source indicated.
Last month, TitanInsider reported that Woods was one of the Titans top priorities to retain among their own free agents. His return helps to alleviate some of the issues the Titans had at the nose tackle position, as Sammie Hill is also a free agent and might not return to the team.
Woods played in 14 games last season, including nine starts. He totaled 22 tackles with 14 solo stops in his second season in Tennessee. He became the starter at the outset of last season when Hill sustained a knee injury and missed the first few weeks of the regular season. Woods may have found a home in Tennessee after having bounced from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers before signing with the Titans in 2014.
Woods played for Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh.
Woods is the second of the Titans own free agents to re-sign with the club, joining tight end Craig Stevens, who signed a one-year deal last month.
Including those two, the Titans have now signed cornerback Brice McCain, center Ben Jones, receiver Rishard Matthews and quarterback Matt Cassel as free agents and traded for running back DeMarco Murray.
The Titans are still expecting to be active in the free agent market in the coming days. Former Broncos guard Louis Vasquez arrives on Sunday, and there have been reports of safety Rashad Johnson and cornerback Antwan Blake also scheduling visits in Tennessee.