The Tennessee Titans continue to add defensive pieces that are familiar with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s system, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran linebacker Sean Spence on Wednesday.
The deal was reportedly worth $2.5 million by Pro Football Talk.
Spence, 27, was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 out of the University of Miami, but missed his first two seasons of professional football due to a severe knee injury sustained in his final preseason game of 2012.
Spence made his return to the field finally in 2014 and has made 13 starts for the Steelers as an inside linebacker over the past two seasons, playing in a total of 34 games. He has 86 career tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery. Spence was named the Steelers’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2014 for overcoming his knee injury.
The addition of Spence continues a trend of bringing in players with Steelers connections and connections to LeBeau. Spence joins Brice McCain, who was with the Steelers in 2014 with LeBeau and the re-signed Al Woods, who came to the Titans from the Steelers after the 2013 season.
The Titans have also hosted linebacker Terence Garvin and cornerback Antwan Blake, both of whom were with the Steelers last year, on free agent visits.
Spence’s role with the Titans will be to provide depth at inside linebacker, behind starters Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard. The Titans are poised to lose their top two backups from last year on the inside – Zach Brown and Steve Johnson – as unrestricted free agents.