Titans make tender offer to one of three eligible offensive linemen

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:03pm

The Tennessee Titans decided they are not finished with the one offensive lineman who started every game for them in 2012.

Fernando Velasco received a one-year tender offer from the team Monday, a day before the NFL deadline for such moves.

The three-year veteran remains a restricted free agent who is free to sign an offer sheet with another franchise. The Titans have the opportunity to match any such offer or to receive a 2013 second-round draft pick as compensation.

Two other players, offensive linemen Kevin Matthews and Kyle DeVan, were eligible to receive similar offers. Neither, though, were tendered and, consequently, were set to become unrestricted free agents on Tuesday.

Velasco became the starting center last summer in training camp when Eugene Amano sustained a season-ending arm injury and was placed on injured reserve.

Velasco started the first 12 games at center, moved to left guard for two weeks, back to center for the Dec. 23 game at Green Bay and back to left guard for the regular season finale with Jacksonville.

His versatility was a factor in his ability to stick with the team through the previous four years, during which he started three times (twice at center and once at left guard). He came to the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and spent the entire season on the practice squad. He appeared in just one game in 2009 but has played in 48 straight since.

In all, 10 different players started on the offensive line for the Titans last season. Michael Roos started 15 of 16 at left tackle, and left guard Steve Hutchinson and right tackle David Stewart each started 12.

Matthews made two starts at center and DeVan made one. Two others who started on the offensive line, Leroy Harris and Deuce Lutui (both at right guard) also are scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

9 Comments on this post:

By: La-La on 3/11/13 at 4:34

Just do what you have to do to make the Titans have a winning season and not make us an embrassement to the NFL!

By: courier37027 on 3/11/13 at 6:18

If this was the Floyd Reese era and he made these offers, Plaz would be falling over himself spouting superlatives. Phrases like, "Book it," and ,"Who's your daddy?" would bring that lunch pail attitude and common sense fresh take only a fan's announcer can implore.

By: TITAN1 on 3/12/13 at 4:44

C, what did Plaz do to you? You have made it clear that you don't like him, yet you are always quoting him.

By: Jughead on 3/12/13 at 9:50

Yawn. Another yawn.

By: courier37027 on 3/12/13 at 10:15

TITAN1, you keep holding onto that hope that some day you will be The 12th Titan and get to raise that flag before a home game.

By: TITAN1 on 3/12/13 at 11:18

Why not answer the question, C? It is obvious he has done something to you because of the way you trash him. At least Pred Ed tried to trash him on the 102.5 FB page, but thank God they took care of that.

By: TITAN1 on 3/12/13 at 11:20

Yes Jughead, your same old garbage does make us yawn, too.

By: Jughead on 3/12/13 at 2:20

TITAN1 is really Bud Adams. That is how pathetic the Titans organization really is.

By: TITAN1 on 3/12/13 at 4:36

jughead, slither back under your rock. A troll like you should not come out in the open.