NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Titans coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson have both talked about their desire to have tough, hard-nosed football players on the team.
On Thursday, the team agreed to a new contract with tight end Craig Stevens, a player who fits that description.
Robinson made the announcement Thursday night at an event for season ticket holders at the Music City Center. He described Stevens as a "roll your sleeves up" kind of guy.
"We were fortunate enough to re-sign one of our cornerstone pieces offensively,'' Robinson said of Stevens. "He's coming back.
"I was watching him again the other night against New Orleans and (defensive end) Cam Jordan is a pretty good player for New Orleans and (Craig) he pushed him around pretty good all game long. So we're glad to have him back."
Stevens, a third round draft pick by the Titans in 2008, has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Titans. He's considered one of the NFL's best blocking tight ends.
Stevens has played in 109 career games. He played in all 16 games in 2015, with 11 starts, and recorded 12 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Stevens has 60 receptions for 724 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
Stevens joins veterans Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano on the roster.