NFL Free Agency: Titans, Colts Making Moves, Jags Sticking To Plan


Jan 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots offensive guard Donald Thomas (64) is interviewed by recording artist Ciara (left) during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Slow entrances to free agency can be tough to bear, especially after a 2-14 season.  Jacksonville Jaguars fans, like myself, that torture themselves looking at Twitter will note that the teams around the AFC South seem to be improving while the Jags get left behind.  Like head coach Gus Bradley said, there is a plan and we’ve got to stick to it.

The Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts in particular are making big splashes.  The Titans are a lot further away than just a few pieces, so it is interesting to see them making so many moves when they could use some roster help pretty much all over.  The Colts, as was apparent during the 2012 season, are a lot closer to complete than many of us had assumed in their first official rebuild year.

Here are the moves around the AFC South as of 7:40 am 3/13:

Indianapolis Colts

  • signed OT Gosder Cherilus to a five-year contract
  • signed CB Greg Toler to a multi-year contract
  • signed OLB Erik Walden to a four-year, $16 million contract
  • signed OG Donald Thomas to a multi-year contract
  • signed DE/OLB Lawrence Sidbury to a multi-year contract
  • signed CB Darius Butler to a two-year contract

Tennessee Titans

  • signed OG Andy Levitre to a five-year, $39 million contract
  • signed TE Delanie Walker to a four-year contract
  • re-signed FB Quinn Johnson

Both the Houston Texans and Jaguars are waiting it out to pick up some value free agents later in free agency.  Smart plays are how strong teams are built, we’ll have to see who is brought in as the official NFL New Year marches on.

– Luke N. Sims

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