As I reported last week, Corey Simon was bound to become a Tennessee Titan and bring depth to the defensive line. The former Colts defensive tackle (Florida State 6th overall pick in 2000 by Philly) practiced with the Titans today after signing on this morning. Simon flew to Nashville and finalized his one-year deal before sporting #96. He worked with strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson before joining his new teammates. He took several snaps in one-on-one drills and later worked in team periods.
“We’ll see how it goes. He made have a chance to play Thursday (in the preseason finale against the Packers), but that remains to be seen. We didn’t waste any time getting him involved,” Coach Jeff Fisher said. “It was good to get him going. We wanted to get him on the practice field as soon as we could since it’s been a while since he’s had them on.Simon, who visited the Titans last week, should help bolster a run defense that ranked 30th in the NFL last season, giving up almost 145 yards per game.
“It feels great,” said the 6-foot-2 Simon, who said he weighs “around” 320 pounds. “I was a little rusty, but if feels good just to be out there with the guys. The weight is good, I am continuing to work to get that down, but I feel good. I am lighter than I was when I played in Indy, so I am feeling pretty good.” The Colts signed Simon to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2005. They terminated the contract on Aug. 4, in part due to Simon’s health issues. He did not play last season because of a knee injury and an undisclosed illness.
In 91 regular season and 13 postseason games, Simon has 351 tackles and 33 sacks. A sixth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000, he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003. Simon spent the 2005-06 campaigns with the Colts after five seasons with the Eagles. “Corey brings a combination of run-stuffing size and pass rushing ability to the defensive tackle position,” said Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt. “Prior to last season, he has been a consistent and productive player who contributed to playoff teams and we are excited to see him get a second chance here with the Titans to prove he still has that ability.”