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One year paid off for Pollard, Pitoitua

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After the initial flurry of big-dollar free agency, there is inevitably a list of guys who don’t strike gold.

Those guys often wind up in situations where they can bet on themselves, take a one-year deal and look for a better contract a year later.

It’s worked for safety Bernard Pollard and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua.

Pollard signed a one-year, $2 million deal in 2013. He was an outspoken leader who backed up the talk with very solid play. It earned him a new, two-year contract worth $6.3 million.

Pitoitua came to Tennessee for one year and $1 million. He gave the Titans the sort of size on the edge they wanted to upgrade the run defense and added more pass rush than I would have ever expected. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Pitoitua just got a three-year deal worth $9.6 million.

The Titans can certainly say to guys they offer minimal deals to this year, “Come here, play hard and produce, and it’ll pay off. Look what unfolded for Pollard and Pitoitua.”