Bernard Pollard was somewhat of an NFL nomad earlier in his career, bouncing from team to team despite starting nearly everywhere he went. He won't have to make another move this offseason as he agreed to a two-year extension with the Titans on Monday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
The move comes slightly more than a week before the 29-year-old was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He joined the Titans last offseason on a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million. He settled in nicely, providing a physical presence while finishing the season with 99 total tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions. He got off to a bit of a slow start, but came on as the season went along. He finished with a plus-3.4 grade, according to Pro Football Focus, 21st-best among safeties.
"We were pleased with the job Bernard did for us," Titans GM Ruston Webster said, via the Tennessean. "Getting this deal done helps our overall plan for this offseason."
Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles likes the move and said Pollard brought more to the Titans than just his play on the field:
Pollard's impact on this defense last year was huge. He brought an attitude that they had really been lacking for a few years, and he played really well on Sundays. I am glad to see that they locked him up on a multi-year deal. It will be interesting to see how the money breaks down.
The move solidifies three-quarters of Tennessee's starting secondary. Pollard and cornerback Alterraun Verner were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. With Pollard signed, the Titans may now turn their attention to Verner, as Morris detailed in the first part of his projected offseason plan.