New contract positions Bironas for run at Titans' scoring mark

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:29pm

Rob Bironas already stands alone atop multiple Tennessee Titans kicking statistics.

Thursday he signed a two-year deal with the team that meant he wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not he stands out among a crowded field of free agents.

"This is where I wanted to be playing — for the Titans, in the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee," Bironas told the team's website. "This is where I call home, so it was an easy decision for me. I started my career here, and obviously I would like to end it here."

It looked as if the Titans were prepared to move on from the eight-year veteran last month when they hired Steve Hoffman as a special team assistant. Hoffman has a long history of working with rookie kickers.

Instead, the team managed to hang on to one of their most high-profile players whose contract is up.

The franchise’s second all-time leading scorer was one of a handful of veteran kickers scheduled to become free agents on Tuesday. That group includes Jason Hanson of Detroit, Lawrence Tynes of the New York Giants, Shayne Graham from Houston, Mike Nugent of Cincinnati and David Akers, who kicked for San Francisco in the Super Bowl.

"Kickers go a lot longer in this sport," Bironas said. "I got started a little bit late, but I feel I have plenty of good years left in me."

Bironas’ new contract all but assures he will pass Al Del Greco for the franchise’s all-time lead in points. Del Greco’s total is 1,060.

Bironas currently has 916 and has scored more than 100 in each of the last five seasons.

He already is the most accurate field goal kicker in Titans/Oilers history and third in NFL history at 85.6 percent. His streak of 20 consecutive games with at least one field goal is a franchise best and his two streaks of 20 straight successful attempts tied a mark originally set by Del Greco.

He also holds NFL records for most field goals in a game (eight) and most consecutive games with a field goal of 40 yards or more (10).

"Those are accolades and achievements that are good to have, but my mentality has always been one kick, one game at a time," he said. "They are something I can look back on and share with my grandkids one day. Right now I have a job to do, and that's trying to win games and put points on the board each time I'm on the field."

Defensive lineman also re-signs: The  Titans re-signed defensive end Keyunta Dawson.

Dawson (6-foot-3, 254 pounds) originally signed with the Titans last January. He appeared in the first three games of 2012 and made five tackles, four in the Week 2 loss at San Diego. He sustained a hamstring injury early in Week 3 against Detroit and was placed on injured reserve three days later.

He is a reserve pass rusher who provides depth behind starting defensive ends Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan.

A seventh-round draft pick by Indianapolis in 2007, he played four seasons with the Colts and one with Detroit before he came to Tennessee.

6 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 3/7/13 at 5:52

"Instead, the team managed to hang on to one of their most high-profile players whose contract is up." Really?
When they identify the Titans other high-profile players would someone point them out? Thanks

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: 4gold on 3/7/13 at 5:55

"Instead, the team managed to hang on to one of their most high-profile players whose contract is up." Really?
When they identify the Titans other high-profile players would someone point them out? Thanks

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: courier37027 on 3/7/13 at 6:00

Well, if you consider criminal profiles, then, yes, there are Titans in that category.

By: TITAN1 on 3/8/13 at 11:57

As with many teams, C.

By: courier37027 on 3/8/13 at 4:01

T1 so it's okay if the home team has thugs and criminals. But those Baltimore Ravens and their ne'er-do-wells should be banned from the NFL and put in jail. The Titans criminals are just "misunderstood", correct?

By: TITAN1 on 3/10/13 at 8:22

C, take a comprehension course. I said many teams have their problem players.