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Busy Titans sign several offensive free agents

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-03-13 17:14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have been busy trying improve their offense around quarterback Jake Locker during the first two days of free agency.

The Titans announced Wednesday that they had agreed to terms with guard Andy Levitre - the first player they agreed to terms with to kick off free agency - along with running back Shonn Greene and fullback Quinn Johnson. Just before a news conference, they also announced they have a deal with Lions defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill.

``He plugs in at left guard for us and immediately fills a need,'' general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement about Levitre. ``He is a smart and athletic player, who plays with good toughness and leverage. He is a very good pass protector and his offensive lines have paved the way for two productive runners.''

The Titans planned to introduce their newly signed free agents. Levitre reportedly received a six-year, $46.5 million deal, and the 6-foot-2 guard is one of only three offensive linemen drafted in 2009 to start every game since coming into the NFL with 64 starts at Buffalo.

Greene got a deal that The Tennessean and other outlets say is three years for $10 million. He spent his first four seasons with the New York Jets, has rushed for 3,423 yards and 18 touchdowns on 822 carries. The 5-foot-11, 226-pound Green also has 65 catches for 482 yards, and he scored eight touchdowns in 2012. He is coming off the best year of his career with 276 rushes for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns rushing.

That's two fewer than the Titans scored rushing as a team, and they see Greene as a perfect change of pace for Chris Johnson.

``He is a nice complement to Chris and an accomplished back in his own right,'' Webster said. ``He is a tough and physical runner who has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the last two years.''

The Titans haven't had that kind of option to Johnson since trading away LenDale White in 2010. They ranked 21st in rushing in 2012 but struggled to stay on the field. They ranked last in the NFL averaging just 27 minutes, 18 seconds in time of possession per game in Locker's first full season as a starter.

Tennessee also agreed to terms earlier Wednesday with fullback Quinn Johnson. He has been a lead blocker for Chris Johnson, and the fullback had four carries for 5 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards playing all 16 games last season.

The Titans scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to introduce their new players and have pushed that back 30 minutes.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the Titans also agreed to terms Tuesday with 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because both deals are pending the players passing physicals.

The Titans still have to address their defense after allowing a franchise-worst 471 points in 2012. Their lone free agent signing was safety George Wilson last month until they reached a deal The Tennessean reported at three years and $11.4 million with Hill on Wednesday afternoon. Hill played 59 career games with 18 starts with Detroit and four sacks. The Titans see him helping defend the run with Hill 6-foot-4, 329 pounds.

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