The Tennessee Titans have added veteran safety Rashad Johnson on a one-year contract.
Johnson, 30, is an eight-year veteran who had spent his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals before becoming a free agent. He is from Sulligent, Ala., and walked on at the University of Alabama. He was originally chosen in the third round by the Cardinals.
Johnson has played in 100 career games (51 starts), with a total of 330 tackles, 15 interceptions, 26 passes defensed, one sack, four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 49 special teams tackles. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns.
In 2015, Johnson played in 14 games (all starts) and tied for the team lead with a career-high five interceptions. Johnson added 59 tackles, eight passes defensed, two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and five special teams stops. In the playoffs, he started both of the team’s games and recorded eight tackles and his first career postseason interception.
The Titans had a need for a safety after parting ways with long-time starting free safety Michael Griffin, who was released prior to the start of free agency and wound up signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
Johnson comes in to fill that void, though the Titans could still add more help in the draft at the safety position. The Titans are considering Nashville area native Jalen Ramsey as a possible No. 1 overall pick and also are scheduled to have a private workout with Ohio State safety Vonn Bell.
Johnson also has a reputation as a smart and solid player with strong leadership qualities, something the Titans have made a priority as the revamp the roster for 2016. Johnson was a two-time captain in college for the Crimson Tide.