NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Tye Smith.
Smith's return gives the team added depth – and some experience – in the secondary and on special teams.
Smith, signed by the Titans prior to the 2017 season, has played in 29 games for the Titans over the past three seasons, including five playoff contests. Smith played in 12 games in 2019, with three starts, and he recorded 24 tackles while also forcing two fumbles.
In a win at Indianapolis in December, Smith recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble, and he also picked up a field goal blocked by safety Dane Cruikshank and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. Smith also forced fumble in that game was recovered by linebacker Kamalei Correa in the fourth quarter, and it helped seal Tennessee's win.
Smith missed the entire 2018 season after suffering an injury during training camp.
In his NFL career, which includes stops in Seattle and Washington, Smith has played in 33 games, including playoffs. He has 43 stops and an interception, along with two fumble recoveries.
The Titans are expected to add more players to the mix in the secondary in the NFL Draft later this week.
Cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Adoree' Jackson are scheduled to return in 2020, and the team also re-signed Chris Milton earlier this offseason as well. Cornerbacks Kareem Orr and Kenneth Durden are also under contract. Logan Ryan, however, remains a free agent.
A look back at cornerback Tye Smith's 2019 season. (Photos: Donald Page)