Titans re-sign Darius Reynaud to one-year deal
However, the versatile wide receiver/running back and key special teams contributor Darius Reynaud doesn’t see himself fitting in just one role and would like to keep other options open.
“I hate it when people label me as a returner because I know the ability I have at running the ball in the offense,” said Darius Reynaud. “I feel like I am much more than just a returner. If I can provide a spark on special teams, I want to do that. But I can do more.”
Still, it Darius Reynaud’s role in the Tennessee Titans’ all four special teams return touchdowns last season guaranteed the free agent’s return with the team next season. Darius Reynaud signed for a one-year, $1.015 million deal and including a $300,000 signing bonus with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Moreover, after the Tennessee Titans’ signing of free agent running back Shonn Greene to a $10 million deal only a day before, it’s highly unlikely Darius Reynaud would see an increased role on the offense. Last season, Darius Reynaud only rushed for 33 yards on 16 carries and posted five receptions for 35 yards. Darius Reynaud also previously played receiver for at college and with the Minnesota Vikings (2008-09) as well as New York Giants (2010-11).
“I’m just glad they gave me the opportunity to come back. I know I am not going to be the starting running back any time soon, but you are always looking to do more,” said Darius Reynaud. “I am always up for competition, and I know what I am capable of doing, but I am not obsessed about numbers, I never have been.”
After 2010 Pro Bowler Marc Mariani went down with a broken leg in the preseason, Darius Reynaud filled in at punt returner while battling his own issues with a limiting hamstring. Darius Reynaud scored three returning touchdowns last season – two on punts and one on kickoff. He averaged 13.2 yards on punt returns (ranking third in NFL) and 23.4yards per kickoff last season.
While Darius Reynaud reportedly generated interest from the reportedly the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returning with the Tennessee Titans was always his top choice.
“My whole plan was to stick around in Tennessee, they were my first option,” said Darius Reynaud. “My mind was set on coming back the whole time. Now I want to come back and give the team a boost any way I can.”