Titans sign former Chiefs DL Ropati Pitoitua

3/25/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Tennessee Titans continued bolstering their defensive line by signing former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Ropati Pitoitua on Monday. The two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year deal roughly worth $1 million, although there is more money in it for Ropati Pitoitua in terms of incentives.
 
Ropati Pitoitua probably had his best career season in Kansas City last season, starting 10 of 15 games while leading the defensive line with 32 tackles. The four-year veteran Ropati Pitoitua also had two sacks, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the 2012 season.
 
The Tennessee Titans hosted Ropati Pitoitua last week. He also visited the New York Jets the same week and had been drawing interest from the Seattle Seahawks as well as Philadelphia Eagles.
 
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster said the 6-foot-8, 315-pound Ropati Pitoitua adds size at defensive end. He also expects Ropati Pitoitua to contribute to the Tennessee Titans’ run defense, which wound up finishing 24th in the league last season, while also having the ability to play multiple spots along the defensive line.
 
The Washington State product Ropati Pitoitua has played in 37 career games for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
 
Signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Ropati Pitoitua spent three seasons with the team while appearing in 22 games. However, Ropati Pitoitua sat out the entire 2010 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in a preseason game. Ropati Pitoitua spent a lone season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
He has 73 tackles, 3 sacks and one pass defensed through his four-year NFL career.
 
Ropati Pitoitua is the 10th free agent and second defensive linesman added by the Tennessee Titans off the open market this offseason.
 
The Tennessee Titans signed former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Sammie Hill at the start of free agency, to add more size up front.
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