Defensive tackle Antonio Johnson entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick of the Titans in 2007, but never wound up playing in a regular season game for the team before getting signed off their practice squad by the Colts.
Johnson will get a chance to remedy that oversight this year. The Titans announced that they have signed Johnson as a free agent, adding an experienced player to their defensive line mix.
Johnson has started 25 games for the Colts over the last two years, although the team made little to no effort to re-sign him this offseason. Part of that has to do with the addition of Aubrayo Franklin to go with the recovery from injuries of Josh Chapman and Brandon McKinney and part of it has to do with Johnson’s struggles in run defense last year after the Colts moved to a 3-4 front.
Johnson will be going back to the more-familiar 4-3 scheme in Tennessee and he’ll have plenty of competition for a role in the rotation. Sammie Hill, Jurrell Casey and Mike Martin head a deep group of tackles that could stand in the way of Johnson making his long-awaited debut in a Titans uniform.
The Titans also waived linebacker Tom Wort after he failed his physical.