Titans sign seven from practice squad to futures contracts

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 6:00pm

Even with the drama regarding the futures of their coach and quarterback unresolved, the Tennessee Titans commenced with some of the more mundane business of the offseason.

Seven players were signed to futures contracts for 2011 on Tuesday.

The seven — running back Herb Donaldson, guard Ryan Durand, defensive end Pannel Egboh, tight end Riar Greer, guard Jeff Hansen, cornerback Chris Hawkins and safety Myron Rolle — all were on the practice squad at the end of the season.

The moves are largely procedural and guarantee that those players will be with the Titans when the 2011 contract year begins in early March.

During the regular season, players on the practice squad are eligible to be signed by another team to that team’s active roster.

“We have a process that we go through as it would relate to evaluating the players, ranking the players with the staff,” coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. “The evaluation process … that the staff will do and the player evaluation and, of course, our medical evaluations, all those are consistent with how we handle them year after year.”

Durand and Rolle are the only two of that group drafted by the Titans.

Durand was a seventh-round selection in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder spent the first 11 weeks of this season on the active roster but was inactive for nine of 10 games. He made his NFL debut as a reserve Oct. 10 at Dallas. He was on the practice squad for all of 2009 and the final six weeks of this season.

Rolle was a sixth-round pick this year who spent the entire season on the practice squad.

The other five were signed to the practice squad during the season.