NASHVILLE – The Titans have signed former Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney to a futures contract for 2021.
In four seasons at Vanderbilt, Pinkney had 114 catches for 1,560 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. As a junior, Pinkney tallied 50 receptions for 774 yards and seven touchdowns, while earning second-team All-SEC accolades.
Pinkney (6-4, 260) signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in April of 2020 following the NFL Draft. He was waived in September 5 and signed to the practice squad the next day. Pinkney was promoted to Atlanta's active roster for the team's Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was among the team's inactives.
On Monday, the Titans signed 14 other players to futures contracts -- T Paul Adams, WR Rashard Davis, TE Parker Hesse, WR Cody Hollister, TE Tommy Hudson, LB Jan Johnson, T Brandon Kemp, QB DeShone Kizer, K Tucker McCann, C Daniel Munyer, DE Nate Orchard, LS Matt Orzech, WR Chester Rodgers and LB Tuzar Skipper. All but Johnson, who played collegiately at Penn State, were members of the team's practice squad during the 2020 season.
Futures contract 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.