NASHVILLE, TN—Tennessee Titans have added veteran presence and depth to their pass-rusher corps. Free agent and veteran linebacker John Simon has agreed to terms to join the Titans this season.
Simon has been in the league for eight years, drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and then he spent his career in the Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and the most recent, he spent three years in the New England Patriots. He has played in 97 games, and started 52 games. During his career, he has 277 tackles, 21 sacks, 25 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 11 passes defended, and 2 interceptions.
The former Ohio State Buckeye was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl winning team in 2018. Last season, he played in 16 games and started only 2 games. He recorded 46 tackles, 2 sacks, and played in 69% of the Patriots' total defensive snaps.
Simon will likely have a role as depth player as the Titans continue to bolster their pass-rushers squad, as that was one of the weak links that need to be fixed in the offseason. The team has signed free agent Bud Dupree earlier, and if he's healthy, he's going to be the number 1 option for head coach Mike Vrabel. Dupree was put into the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list coming into the first day of training camp. Simon's signing will give more options for Vrabel if Dupree is unable to train for the most part in the training camp.
In relation to this move, the Titans have also waived outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper. The Titans will start their training camp on Wednesday.
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