Another Titan avoids free agency, agrees to new contract

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 4:51pm
Staff reports

Mike Otto has not started often, but his days with the Tennessee Titans are not finished.

The team announced Thursday it agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the veteran tackle, originally a seventh-round pick in 2007.

Otto has played in 41 games during his five-year career, and all but one of those appearances have come in the last three seasons. He has started twice (once each of the last two seasons), the latter when he subbed for the injured David Stewart last fall in a victory over Tampa Bay.

In recent years, he routinely has lined up at tight end in short yardage situations. It was at that spot that he was credited with his only other start, in 2010 against Washington.

Left tackle Michael Roos endorsed the move almost immediately.

"Congrats to Mike Otto on new [two-year] deal to stay with Titans," Roos posted on his Twitter account. "Great man to back up Country [right tackle David Stewart] and I."

The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Otto is the second Tennessee player to re-sign with the team rather than become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Tight end Craig Stevens signed a new multi-year deal in mid-January.

Sixteen members of last season’s team remain unsigned and eligible for unrestricted free agency when the current contract year ends on March 13. Of those, only one — Jake Scott — is an offensive lineman.