Veteran tight end Anthony Fasano is one of the Tennessee Titans impending free agents that the club has had discussions with about a possible return.
Fasano, who turns 33 in April, caught eight passes for 83 yards and scored two touchdowns for Tennessee in 2016.
Fasano came to the Titans in 2015 and was the team’s third tight end at the time as he was able to play behind both Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens. However, his role increased this past season when Stevens abruptly retired during preseason. Fasano then took on a bigger role as one of the team’s primary blocking tight ends with some help from Phillip Supernaw.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team was talking with a few of its impending unrestricted free agents with the March 9 deadline approaching.
“We’re having some discussions with a couple of those guys now, and we’ll see how it manifests itself,” Robinson said. “We’ve got a week or so before that day looms. The guys that were on the team last year, I can’t say enough about them buying in to what we were trying to build.”
Fasano is a veteran player who has earned the trust of head coach Mike Mularkey, who was previously his position coach when Fasano first joined the Titans.
In his 11-year NFL career, Fasano has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.
Mularkey was asked Wednesday if the Titans needed to get younger at the tight end position, with Walker also turning 33 this year. The coach said the Titans would not push to get younger just for the sake of it.
“If you go in with that thought process of just trying to get younger, then you’re maybe reaching. Our tight end position has been very productive. It was again last year. We’re happy with our current roster the way it is with those guys. But we’re looking at all positions,” Mularkey said.