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Friday, March 14, 2014
Woodyard a versatile piece for Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

The Titans have added a versatile linebacker who will enhance their flexibility at the position as they go with a hybrid front featuring at least a share of 3-4.

Wesley Woodyard has agreed to terms with the Titans. He texted ESPN's Josina Anderson: "I'm about to sign with the Titans."

Woodyard was the second leading tackler on the Denver Broncos in 2013 with 83. The Broncos use press box statistics rather than their own coaching totals for tackles, as most teams do. He had 1.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

Denver ran a base 4-3 and Woodyard started 10 games at middle linebacker.

Bill Polian's scouting report on him:
His stats are impressive and he is credited with a lot of tackles, but when you watch him closely a lot of that production comes after the ball carrier is on the second level. He has the versatility to play inside and outside, but isn't always stout at the point of attack versus the inside run, partially because of a lingering neck strain suffered early in the season. Woodyard's cover skills are still solid.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports it's a four-year deal worth up to $14 million.

The first numbers that we have coming in on many new deals usually become more reasonable when we find out how much of the "up to" part is incentives.

While Akeem Ayers and Kamerion Wimbley easily project to outside linebackers in a 3-4, it's less clear how others like Zach Brown, Moise Fokou, Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden and Patrick Bailey will fit in.

Woodyard, 6-feet tall and 233 pounds, was reportedly better and more comfortable on the weakside than in the middle.

He's been a captain for the Broncos, so the Titans are also acquiring leadership.