NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans on Thursday agreed to a deal in principle with Jon Robinson to be the team's new general manager.
"We are thrilled that Jon has agreed in principle to become our general manager," said Titans Controlling Owner and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors Amy Adams Strunk. "As we visited with Jon and researched his career, his proven track record for scouting talent, leadership skills, and ability to build relationships make him an ideal candidate to lead our football operation. Jon is a proud Tennessean who is excited to be coming home, and we look forward to the future of our football team under his leadership."
Robinson joins the Titans after spending the past two seasons as director of player personnel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that role, Robinson oversaw all areas of the scouting department, both college and pro, in addition to free agency preparation, evaluating players in the NFL and other professional leagues, according to the Buccaneers. He also assisted with college scouting and preparation for the NFL Draft.
"I am extremely grateful to Amy for this opportunity, and I am very excited for the chance to come home to Tennessee," said Robinson. "I had a high comfort level with Amy, Kenneth (Adams IV), Steve (Underwood), and Vin (Marino) throughout the entire process, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work."
Robinson joined the Buccaneers after 12 seasons with the New England Patriots (2002-13). Robinson worked as New England's director of college scouting (2009-13), and prior to that served as a regional scout and an area scout for the Patriots.
While with the Patriots, the team drafted players like receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive back Devin McCourty, tackle Nate Solder and defensive end Chandler Jones, among others. During Robinson's time with the Patriots, the organization won 10 division titles, four conference titles and two Super Bowls.
A native of Union City, Tennessee, Robinson signed with the U.S. Air Force Academy out of high school before transferring to Southeast Missouri State, where he coached one season (1998) before serving three seasons (1999-2001) as a coach at Nicholls State.
The Titans interviewed six candidates for the general manager job.
In addition to Robinson, the team also interviewed Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard, Jaguars director of player personnel Chris Polian, Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, and Martin Mayhew, who most recently served as executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Detroit Lions.
Amy Adams Strunk and Kenneth Adams IV from the ownership group and President Steve Underwood all met with the candidates.
Last week, the franchise opted not to renew the contract of former general manager Ruston Webster.