Josh Kline says it was a whirlwind 24 hours, but he is glad to have found a new home with the Tennessee Titans
The Titans claimed the fourth-year offensive lineman off waivers from the New England Patriots on Thursday, and the next thing Kline knew he was packing hastily and rushing to the airport to board a flight to Nashville.
“It was a mad dash to the airport, but I just had to throw everything together and get to the airport,” Kline said of his day Thursday.
Kline’s name came up in trade speculation to the Philadelphia Eagles, but that fell through, and the Patriots released him on Wednesday.
“It’s part of the business, but it’s good I’ve found a home here in Nashville and I’m glad to be a Titan. I’m glad to get to work, because I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” Kline said.
Kline will need some time in the playbook to get up to speed, but he brings some experience and depth to a young offensive line. In his time in New England, Kline made 18 starts, splitting time at both guard positions, and started in an AFC Championship Game.
“It adds depth to our offensive line, which I think never can hurt. It’s a hard thing to have at the NFL level,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “Rarely do teams have guys that have started playoff games on your roster. We have a guy. Obviously, we have to get him up to speed with our system, but I have no doubt he can pick it up quickly.”
For now at least, the Titans view Kline as depth, as Mularkey stated that the team is pleased with how its starting o-line has played in preseason.
“Right now, I’m pretty set with our o-line. I mean just the way we ended the preseason, I was pretty confident in what they’re doing,” he said.
In camp, the left guard position was opened to competition, but incumbent Quinton Spain held off competition from Brian Schwenke and Sebastian Tretola to win the spot.
In claiming Kline off waivers, the Titans pick up his $950,000 base salary plus incentives for 2016 and a $1.4 million base salary for 2017, plus incentives and bonuses.