Titans place tender on restricted free agent Fernando Velasco

3/12/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Tennessee Titans placed a second-round tender on the team’s lone restricted free agent Fernando Velasco on Monday.
Fernando Velasco started out as a backup during training camp, who eventually moved up the depth chart after the Tennessee Titans lost center Eugene Amano to a season-ending (torn triceps) last preseason. After starting just three games in his first four years with the Tennessee Titans, Fernando Velasco had a breakout season in 2012, providing an instant boost to a bad offensive line. The Tennessee Titans were certainly impressed by what they saw in Fernando Velasco last season, and decided he was an essential part towards improving the offensive line for the 2013 season.
The 28-year-old Fernando Velasco started 16 games for Tennessee last season – 13 at center and three at guard positions. Fernando Velasco has appeared in 49 career games with 19 starts for the Tennessee Titans, since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia.
Other teams could try to sign Fernando Velasco but they’d have to give the Tennessee Titans a second-round pick in exchange. The Tennessee Titans could match their offer sheet. But if no other team shows interest in the five-year veteran, Fernando Velasco will return to the Tennessee Titans on the $2.023 million tender offer for 2013. At the end of the next season, Fernando Velasco would become a restricted free agent, unless the Tennessee Titans believed he had a marked impact on the offensive line and try to bring him back on long-term deal this offseason.
Fernando Velasco still has potential starting opportunities in Nashville for next season if free agent guard Leroy Harris doesn’t return next or the Tennessee Titans decide to part ways with veteran Steve Hutchinson.
The Tennessee Titans decided not to offer tenders to offensive linesmen Kevin Matthews and Kyle DeVan who, who also qualified could also return based on team contracts for potential restricted or exclusive-rights free agents.
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