NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The old saying that 'patience is a virtue' is the best way to describe the Tennessee Titans' approach to the offseason.
The Titans marched at their own pace as the free agency period continued. Tennessee had to fill holes at tight end, wide receiver, offensive line and running back.
The second wave of free agency proved to be fertile ground for the Titans as they strategically filled out their roster. Here's a look at the moves the Titans have made:
The big moves
Harold Landry III, OLB | Re-signed for five years, $87.5 million
Landry was a player the Titans had to sign in order to keep their dominant front four together that combined for 32.5 of the team's 42 total sacks last season. Retaining an up-and-coming player like Landry comes with a premium cost, but his 12 sacks led a group that proved to be the most impactful on the team.
"I feel personally that the game comes down to the quarterback and the guys that affect the quarterback," Landry said after signing his contract. "We see all of these quarterbacks taking their game to the next level each year, and we just gotta do the same. If you got a dominant front four, I feel you can win any game."
Ben Jones, C | Re-signed for two years, $14M
Continuity along the offensive line was also something the Titans wanted to maintain. Jones is well-liked by the Titans staff because of his toughness.
The veteran center has started 96 out of 97 regular-season games since joining the Titans in 2016. Jones will anchor the interior part of the offensive line at a pretty modest cost.
Robert Woods, WR | Traded for a 2023 sixth-round pick
A huge void was left in the wide receiver room when the Titans released veteran Julio Jones. There seemed to be few valid No. 2 wide receiver options on the market, so Tennessee made a deal to bring in Woods after he became expendable to the Los Angeles Rams when they signed Allen Robinson.
Woods has proven production over the past five years, including 90 receptions in each of his past two full seasons. He has a 1.3% drop rate over the past five seasons, which is tied for sixth lowest among receivers with at least 200 targets. Woods also has 1,981 yards after the catch over the past five years, which is the fifth most among receivers.
Adding Woods to the lineup gives quarterback Ryan Tannehill a reliable player who can get open quickly and make plays for the offense. But he won't be available to the Titans until training camp at the earliest as he recovers from a torn ACL.
A slight surprise
Austin Hooper, TE | Signed for one year, $6M
The Titans needed to sign a versatile tight end who can be a threat in the passing game and hold his own as a blocker. They got a pleasant surprise when the Cleveland Browns released Hooper after placing the franchise tag on David Njoku. Hooper happened to still be on the market as other top tight ends signed with teams.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson moved in swiftly to sign Hooper, who posted back-to-back 70-plus reception seasons in a similar offense during his last two years with the Atlanta Falcons. Getting a player of Hooper's caliber for $6 million is a bargain deal that adds a legitimate tight end to the offense.
Jamarco Jones, OL | Signed for two years, $4.8M
Even though it freed up $10.5 million in cap space, releasing left guard Rodger Saffold cost them a valuable starter. The Titans proceeded to sign former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Jamarco Jones for an opportunity to compete for the starting left guard job in place of Saffold, according to coach Mike Vrabel.
"This is a player we feel his best football is in front of him," Vrabel said via team reporter Jim Wyatt at the owners meetings this week. "We’ve been able to evaluate him against some very good opponents. This year, he played left guard against the Saints, and we’re hoping he can start there and compete at left guard. But he has versatility as well and has played all across the line."
Jones has been a reserve for most of his career. If Jones wins the left guard spot, second-year offensive lineman Dillon Radunz can bump to right tackle to take the place of restricted free agent David Quessenberry.
Geoff Swaim, TE | Re-signed for one year, $3.5M
Tennessee re-signed Swaim early in free agency. One has to wonder how the deal got to $3.5 million being as though it was early in free agency and unlikely that another team was in the market for his services. It almost made it seem like the Titans were bidding against themselves.
Swaim had a career-high 31 receptions last season, but he's known more for his blocking. Defensive coordinators aren't spending much time scheming up ways to stop Swaim from beating them.