Tennessee Titans left guard Eugene Amano completed his new five-year, $26.25 million contract on Wednesday.
The deal contains approximately $10.5 million in guarantees between signing bonus and roster bonus money.
Amano’s agent Rocky Arceneaux said his client is happy to remain a Titan and continue working under the tutelage of Tennessee offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
“The club showed a willingness to commit to Eugene, which was very important to us,” Arceneaux said. “Eugene likes it in Tennessee and likes the organization. He was adamant about doing everything he could to remain a Titan. He talked about playing for Munchak and him being the best offensive line coach in the league. Could have gotten more on the free agent market,? Maybe, but that’s where Eugene wanted to be.”
Amano and the Titans were close to a deal on Monday after negotiating over the weekend, and completed the process on Wednesday.
“Eugene has come in to his own as a starter for us on a talented line,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. “His signing gives us some flexibility moving forward in a couple of different areas, so it was good to get this done and feel good that the play this line has shown over the last couple of years will continue.”
The signing of Amano means that starting center Kevin Mawae, also a free agent, will be allowed to go onto the open market as Tennessee has Leroy Harris waiting in the wings to become the starting season.
Amano has made 31 starts the past two seasons and was part of a Titans offensive line that helped Chris Johnson reach the 2,000-yard plateau this past season.
Amano, 28, was originally a seventh-round pick by the Titans in 2004.
Also, the Titans agreed to terms with exclusive rights free agents Mike Otto and Colin Allred.