Titans' latest signing offsets free agency loss on defensive line

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 4:32pm

A year ago, Jason Jones moved from defensive tackle to defensive end. Recently, he moved on to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Tennessee Titans seemingly filled Jones’ spot on the roster Wednesday when they signed free agent defensive end Leger Douzable, a player with a similar career path.

“We are excited to add Leger to our roster,” general manager Ruston Webster said in a release announcing the move. “He brings versatility to our defensive line group. He has experience at both end and tackle, which gives him value in our defensive scheme.”

Undrafted out of Central Florida in 2008, he has played 43 games (seven starts) as a member of three different franchises.

He spent the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He made a career-high 61 tackles with one sack and 12 quarterback pressures in 2011, his first season as a defensive end. Prior to that he was a defensive tackle.

Jones made 48 tackles with three sacks and seven quarterback pressures. In 2010, as a defensive tackle, he made 61 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 26 quarterback pressures.

At 6-foot-4, 284 pounds, Douzable, who also has spent time with the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams, is comparable in size to Jones (6-5, 276). Among defensive linemen currently under contract, he ranks fourth in terms of NFL experience.

“The fact that he is a veteran increases the level of competition within our defensive line and makes for a competitive situation,” Webster said.