Titans bulk up defensive line with latest free agent addition

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:54pm

The Tennessee Titans made a sizable addition — literally — to their defensive line Monday.

The team announced it has agreed to terms with 6-foot-8, 315-pound free agent defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, a four-year veteran who has played for Kansas City and the New York Jets.

He is the second free agent addition to the defensive line this offseason. He and the first, defensive tackle Sammie Hill (6-ffot-4, 329 pounds), are now the two biggest defensive linemen on the team.

“Ropati gives us the big body we were looking for at the defensive end position. He has played a number of games and been productive,” general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. “He should be an asset for us in the run game at end and also could give us flexibility on game days with the ability to kick inside for some snaps.”

Pitoitua played 15 games and started 10 last season for Kansas City. He led all Chiefs’ defensive linemen with 32 tackles, added two sacks and forced one fumble.

He entered the NFL with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State. He played 22 games over three seasons with New York but missed all of 2010 with an Achilles injury.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 3/25/13 at 12:03


By: courier37027 on 3/25/13 at 1:10

Why does it seem like we are reading "The Replacements" movie script? Paging Shane Falco.

By: TITAN1 on 3/25/13 at 2:26

Really, C? So when other teams sign players I guess those are replacement players, too. Those sour grapes are getting a little tough to chew, huh C.

By: courier37027 on 3/25/13 at 2:38

T1, other than the former Ravens safety this off season signings have been practice squad players and NFL veterans from teams with worse records (Jets, Chiefs, Lions). However your sole criterion for assessing talent is how these playerrs perform on Food Network cooking shows.

By: TITAN1 on 3/25/13 at 2:41

LOL! Nice try!

By: courier37027 on 3/25/13 at 3:32

I may buy a personalized Titans jersey with the number .08 to honor some Titans players and their off-field brushes with the law.

Or a jeresy with "Unknown Free Agent" as name across back.

By: TITAN1 on 3/25/13 at 4:02

Or you could get one that just says "Joy sucker" on the front and "Troll" on the back.

By: courier37027 on 3/26/13 at 10:57

I noticed there is quite a city-wide decline of PSL and Titans Season Ticket Holder license plate borders. Any advice for those folks, T1?