Perhaps because the needs were so obvious the solutions were equally apparent. Or maybe the desperation born of four straight seasons without a playoff appearance superseded any desire for patience.
Whatever the reason, the Tennessee Titans acted quickly Tuesday when the NFL’s new business year began and teams were free to sign free agents.
Within the first hour, the Titans had deals in place with one offensive lineman and a tight end. Those pacts immediately addressed a pair of the team’s most pressing issues.
That also matched the number of significant free agent additions the Titans made in the entire 2012 offseason.
Then they added guard Steve Hutchinson and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, both of whom had been released by their former teams. This time they got guard Andy Levitre and tight end Delanie Walker, who were productive players for Buffalo and San Francisco, respectively, in 2012 but whose deals with those teams expired.
Before the additions, though, several players were removed from the roster. One retired and two others were waived.
A rundown of the Titans news from Tuesday:
• Guard Andy Levitre agrees to a five-year deal with Tennessee. Neither of last season’s starting guards are on the roster. Read more here.
• The decision not to use the franchise tag on tight end Jared Cook was quickly balanced by a deal with Delanie Walker, who played in the Super Bowl last season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Read more here.
• Steve Hutchinson’s time in Tennessee was cut short by an injury, but the veteran guard enjoyed a long, distinguished career which ended when he announced his retirement. Read more here.
• Safety Jordan Babineaux, a starter for most of his two years with the Titans, was one of two players released by the team. Read more here.