Earlier in the offseason the Tennessee Titans interviewed some of the top free agent centers.
Wednesday, they finally added a player at that position, although Jon Cooper (6-foot-2, 291 pounds) does not have the résumé to match some of the others. He does, however, figure to get an opportunity to compete with incumbent Eugene Amano and Kevin Matthews for the starting job.
“If you’re ever comfortable in this league then you’re on your way out,” offensive line coach Bruce Matthews said recently in regard to the Titans’ interest in other centers. “There’s always someone pushing. There’s always improvement. There’s always areas of your game that need upgrading.
“… That’s the way you have to approach with whether you’re Eugene Amano or [guard] Leroy Harris or [tackle] Michael Roos or [running back] Chris Johnson because that’s the way to get better in this league.”
Cooper, 25, is a two-year NFL veteran who had been out of the league since Minnesota waived him following the season-opener. Prior to that, he played 13 games and started one for the Vikings over the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
He entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma, where he was a three-year starter and the 2008 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Early during the free agent signing period the Titans interviewed veterans Jeff Saturday, Chris Myers, Dan Koppen and Jeff Faine but did not sign any of them.
Cooper is the second free agent offensive lineman the team has added this month. A little more than a week ago guard Kyle DeVan, whio has started 25 games for two NFL teams, was added.