Titans sign Godfrey

March 3, 2003 at 2:29 PM
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NASHVILLE, March 3 (UPI) -- The Tennessee Titans, making the same roster moves of their NFL brethren, have come to terms with veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey.

In salary cap moves, the Titans have released center Gennaro DiNapoli and defensive tackle Henry Ford. They also have removed the transition tag from punter Craig Hentrich, which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent, and are continuing contract talks with guard Zach Pillar.

"The Titans are still very much a consideration," his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Tennesseean. "But once free agency starts, all bets are off. Anything can happen at this point. We will stay in touch with the Titans, but obviously now we will have an opportunity to talk with other clubs. I think Zach will draw a lot of attention.''

Godfrey told the paper that he strongly considered turning down the Titans. The paper said he signed a contract that will pay him a total of $2.5 million in combined base salary and bonus, and through various incentives, he has a chance to earn up to $3.4 million.

His new deal saved the Titans $2.5 million against the salary cap.

"With me being hurt last year, it was a fair deal, and I am excited about coming back," Godfrey said. "We got pretty far last year, and as I sat back and looked at it, I realized everybody is coming back. I thought about going out and testing the market and getting a three- or four-year deal, and then again I thought about what we have here. We went to the AFC Championship Game last year, and I think there is a good chance of getting me a Super Bowl ring. That is what I want most. I am going to help this team in whatever way I can."

Meanwhile, with Ford's release, Tennessee now has just three defensive tackles with NFL experience -- Albert Haynesworth, Robaire Smith, and Kris Kocurek.

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