Looking for help in the return game, the Tennessee Titans have signed veteran return man Alvin Pearman to a two-year contract on Friday.
The Titans had a need for a return man again because of Mark Jones' hamstring injury and placed the former University of Tennessee star on injured reserve.
It appears he could have the opportunity to take over the return job immediately for the Titans, who wanted an experienced return man to fill in for Jones.
“It’s an opportunistic league, and the ones that can take advantage of those opportunities are the ones that can last. I want to do what is expected of me and then some,” Pearman said. “I’ve been doing it my whole life, and I’m very comfortable back there. I look forward to contributing in those ways.”
Pearman was one of three players who auditioned for the Titans on Thursday, along with former Rams receiver Dane Looker and receiver C.J. Jones.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Pearman can provide some help to the return game.
“He has returned both punt and kickoffs. He’s a good runner. We worked him out yesterday,” Fisher said. “We worked a number of players out yesterday. He was in camp and was obviously with the Jags. He can return. He’s returned against us. He’s got the ability to catch the ball and run with it.”
Pearman was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ primary return man in 2005-06. He played briefly for the Jaguars last year after spending part of 2007 in Seattle.
His first action could be against his old team as the Titans host the Jaguars on Sunday.
The Titans host Jacksonville on Sunday. He has averaged 8.6 yards per punt return and 22.4 yards per kickoff return over his four-year NFL career.
”I’m a Titan now, and that’s the most important thing. I’ve got some buddies on the [Jaguars] team, but as soon as Sunday rolls around, the game is between those white lines,” Pearman said.
As for Jones, his injury ends an unusual saga in which he was released in preseason because of one hamstring injury, re-signed after rookie Ryan Mouton fumbled two kicks in a loss to the New York Jets, and then suffers a hamstring injury on his other leg during the bye week.
“He was improving each week. He was getting a better feel for what we’re doing. I think we were improving as a group, but you have to deal with injuries in this league, so we did,” Fisher said.