NASHVILLE – The Titans signed defensive lineman De'Shawn Hand to a futures contracts on Tuesday.
Hand (6-3, 297), signed to the team's practice squad at the end of the 2021 season, entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection by Detroit in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played 29 games (11 starts) over four seasons (2018-21) with the Lions. He recorded 54 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery in Detroit. As a college player at Alabama, Hand posted nine sacks and 71 tackles in 50 career games.
Hand joins 16 others who previously signed futures deals with the team:
- Safety Jamal Carter
- Offensive lineman Christian DiLauro
- Tight end Austin Fort
- Offensive lineman Derwin Gray
- Quarterback Kevin Hogan
- Receiver Cody Hollister
- Linebacker Joe Jones
- Receiver Mason Kinsey
- Offensive lineman Daniel Munyer
- Offensive lineman Jordan Roos
- Linebacker Tuzar Skipper
- DB Shyheim Carter (Alabama)
- DB Rodney Clemons (SMU)
- LB Nate Hall (Northwestern)
- LB Kobe Jones (Mississippi State)
- DB Chris Williamson (Minnesota)
Futures contracts go into effect on the first day of the new league year. Since there are no practice squads during the offseason, teams are allowed to sign players for the offseason as they prepare for the next season.