Hawkins is the latest to re-sign with Titans in lieu of free agency

Friday, February 10, 2012 at 3:53pm

Nearly a month ago, when he was introduced as the Tennessee Titans’ new general manager, Ruston Webster said he planned to meet with the coaches the following day to discuss those players who were scheduled to become free agents in March.

“We’ll see where it goes from there,” Webster said.

For the second time in as many days, Webster has seen to it that one of those players is going nowhere.

The Titans announced Friday wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins agreed to terms on a multi-year deal. That came a day after reserve offensive lineman Mike Otto elected to skip free agency and re-sign with the team.

Hawkins has spent his entire four-year career with Tennessee and set career-highs last season with 47 receptions for 470 yards and his first career touchdown. His 17 third-down receptions were second on the team.

Prior to last season he had 19 receptions in 29 appearances.

Among the wide receivers who played for the Titans in 2011, only Donnie Avery is not signed for the coming season. With Hawkins, Otto and tight end Craig Stevens signed to new deals, the team still has 15 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Briefly

• The Titans also announced that Arthur Smith and Jonathan Gannon would be their quality control coaches on offense and defense, respectively, in 2012.

Smith was the defensive quality control coach last season but was an offensive lineman and offensive line coach at the University of North Carolina.

Gannon spent the last three years as a scout with the St. Louis Rams. He was the defensive quality control coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.