NASHVILLE – The Titans have added another veteran presence to the mix at the safety spot – as well as a solid special teams performer – in NFL veteran Matthias Farley.
On Tuesday, the team and Farley agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
In 2020, Farley was named a special teams captain with the New York Jets.
A five-year NFL veteran who played the past two seasons with the Jets, Farley played in all 16 games in 2020, and he made a pair of starts. Last season, Farley led the Jets in special teams tackles with eight and added 16 tackles and three passes defensed in 16 games, including two starts, as a safety.
Farley (5-11, 210) played his first three NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, where he played in 37 games, with 16 starts, from 2016-2018. Farley started 15 of 16 games for the Colts in 2017, when he recorded 98 tackles, seven passes defensed, and an interception.
In his five NFL seasons, Farley has played in 66 games, with 18 starts, and he's been credited with 158 stops, three interceptions, and 14 passes defensed in addition to 28 special teams stops.
Farley played in college at Notre Dame, where he played in 52 games (26 starts) in four seasons, and was credited with 192 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 8 interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one forced fumble. Farley initially entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals in 2016.
The Titans released veteran Kenny Vaccaro earlier this month, which opened up a spot alongside safety Kevin Byard in 2021. Safety Amani Hooker, who tied for the team lead with four interceptions in 2020, will be in the competition, but the spot will have to be earned in training camp. Dane Cruikshank is also set to return in 2021 and he'll be in the mix as well.
The Titans have now added nine new players since the start of free agency.
See the Best Photos from S Matthias Farley's five-year NFL Career with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. (AP Images)