NASHVILLE – Titans offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo hasn't been promised a starting spot.
The Titans, in fact, still have plenty of uncertainty at the tackle position, where he lined up last year. There have been new additions, as well as a key departure, and more shuffling could still come.
Yet when Sambrailo hit the open market in free agency, he knew where he wanted to be – back in Tennessee.
"First and foremost, I have a lot of respect and care for the teammates I play with and the amount of work they put in to get here, and that they put in on a daily basis to stay here," Sambrailo said on a video conference call on Wednesday. "There's a lot of great guys in this locker room, a lot of great people, and great players. So it was a no-brainer to stay, and go to battle with these guys.
"I obviously love the coaching staff, and love what we run, and the mentality we play with. I love the team here, love the mentality and the culture. So, I can't be more excited to be back."
Sambrailo, who played in 10 games for the Titans in 2020, with five starts, re-signed with the Titans last week.
In 2020, Sambrailo stepped in for an injured Taylor Lewan at left tackle before suffering a knee injury in the team's game at Baltimore in November. Sambrailo finished the season on Injured Reserve.
In 2021, he'll join the competition with others.
This month, the Titans also signed former Browns tackle Kendall Lamm after parting ways with Dennis Kelly, the team's starter at right tackle in previous season.
David Quessenberry, who replaced Sambrailo after he went down last season, also returns in 2021, and the Titans could still add more options opposite Lewan, and for added depth, in the coming months.
Sambrailo, who has six years of NFL experience with the Titans, Falcons and Broncos, said his focus is on himself, and not on the depth chart.
"I don't really worry about that," said Sambrailo, who has played in 67 career games (with 18 starts) and logged starts at LT (8), RT (9) and LG (1). "I'm just worried about getting better every day, so I just need to be ready to go whenever it is time for camp. So that's all I can do – be ready to help the team however they need. That's my role.
"I just control what I can control, and I am constantly preparing myself to be ready to go start, if and when needed, and I am always working toward that. At the same time, there are things outside my control sometimes. So it is what it is. … We are going to have 11 guys out there when it's time to play ball, and that's really all I can tell you."
As for his health – like Lewan, Sambrailo's season ended with a knee injury – he said he's made great progress.
"I obviously can't dive into too many details, but I am almost there," Sambrailo said. "It's been a long haul, but I am almost there.
"I'll be here (rehabbing), and getting ready for the season, working through whatever this offseason program is laid out by the NFLPA and the league. We'll kind of see what happens, but I am ready for whatever comes about."