The Tennessee Titans have re-signed free agent tight end Craig Stevens to a one-year contract.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson announced that a deal had been completed for Stevens at the Titans’ dinner Thursday night for their season ticketholders. Per a league source, Stevens’ new contract is for one year.
Stevens, regarded as one of the NFL’s top blocking tight ends, was a third-round pick of the Titans in 2008 and last season reduced his salary to $1.12 million base pay to remain with the team. With the release of safety Michael Grifin last week, Stevens is now the longest tenured player on the Titans roster.
In 2015, Stevens caught 12 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans other target to retain in free agency appears to be nose tackle Al Woods, who had a solid season in 2015, taking over for an injured Sammie Lee Hill as Tennessee’s primary starter in the middle of the defensive line.
Stevens, 31, bounced back from a knee injury that limited him to five games in 2014, and made 11 starts last season, playing in all 16 games for Tennessee.
For his career, Stevens has 60 receptions over his eight-year NFL career for 724 yards receiving and six career touchdown receptions. His best season statistically as a pass catcher came in 2012, when he caught a career-high 23 passes for 275 yards and one score.
The Titans still have a number of other free agents who likely will be allowed to test the market when free agency opens on March 9. Those free agents include Hill, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, guard Jon Looney, tackles Byron Bell and Jamon Meredith, inside linebackers Steven Johnson and Zach Brown and defensive end Mike Martin. Cornerback Brandon Harris and tight end Dorin Dickerson are also free agents after spending all of 2015 on injured reserve due to injuries suffered before the the 2015 season began.