Titans smart to lock up Bernard Pollard

Knock strong safety off the Titans' list of needs.

By re-signing Bernard Pollard to a two-year deal, the Titans are assured of keeping three-fourths of their starting secondary intact, and that’s big since it was the best unit on the team in 2013.

Cornerback Alterraun Verner could be gone soon, as he will be a free agent when the new league year starts on March 11.

He’ll be missed. But losing Pollard, too, would have been a big blow.

He and free safety Michael Griffin worked well together, and Pollard was an outspoken leader who backed up his talk with a highly productive season.

New defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi recently said the team would like for the safeties to be less distinctively free and strong. But in Griffin and Pollard they will be best served by sticking with the traditional assignments.

“We were pleased with the job Bernard did for us in his first season with us last year,” Titans GM Ruston Webster said in a news release. “Getting this deal done today helps our overall plan for this offseason. We still have work ahead of us trying to retain some of our other players, but we are glad to be able to get this one done.”

The Titans' top needs are at edge-rusher, 3-4 linebacker and right tackle.

They are likely to draft a quarterback to go with Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, presuming they keep the veteran for the second year of his deal, and Tyler Wilson.