Titans not finished with free agency, add two long-time starters

Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5:15pm

Kevin Walter and Chris Spencer have started plenty of games in their respective NFL careers.

Monday, the Tennessee Titans gave them the opportunity see to it those careers are not finished. Walter, an 11th-year wide receiver, and Spencer, a ninth-year offensive lineman, signed one-year free agent deals with Tennessee, the team announced Monday.

“Both Kevin and Chris are established veterans in this league who have a great deal of starting experience,” general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement announcing the moves. “They have made significant contributions on good teams during their careers.  We feel like they can come in and provide increased competition at their respective positions for us.”

Walter spent the last seven seasons with the Houston Texans and started all but seven games over the past six years. In all, he had 93 career starts, including two with Cincinnati.

The seven other veteran receivers currently on the roster have a combined 117 starts, more than half of them by Nate Washington (66).

For his career Walter has 356 receptions for 4,379 yards and 25 touchdowns. In two games against the Titans last season he caught five passes for 41 yards.

The Texans released him three weeks ago despite the fact that his 2012 receiving numbers (41 receptions, 518 yards, a 12.6 average) were slightly up from the previous season. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick in 2003 by the New York Giants, who waived him following his first training camp.

Spencer, on the other hand, was a first-round pick (26th overall) by the Seahawks in 2005 out of Ole Miss.

He has started 89 times among his 105 career appearances for Seattle and Chicago. The majority of his experience has been at center, where he has 62 starts. He also has played both guard positions and started three times at left guard and twice at right guard for the Bears in 2012.

His addition continues an offseason overhaul of the interior of the offensive line. The Titans added guard Andy Levitre and center/guard Rob Turner earlier in free agency.