NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a flurry of recent personnel moves, the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract extension with guard Josh Kline, per the team’s official website. Kline had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 3:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
Titans agree to contract extension with guard Josh Kline
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 14, 2018
According to ESPN.Com’s Cameron Wolfe, the terms of Kline’s deal will be $26 million ($12 million guaranteed) across four years.
Since being claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots early in the 2016 season, Kline has been a two-year starter at the right guard spot with 30 starts under his belt for Tennessee. He becomes one of now many New England transplants to come to Nashville under former Patriots personnel man turned Titans general manager Jon Robinson. The team reportedly agreed to terms with two former Pats this offseason, cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis, in addition to the signing of corner Logan Ryan a year ago and back-up quarterback Matt Cassel in March of 2016. Cassel was released last week in one of several moves that freed up salary cap room for the recent acquisitions and re-signings.
Mike Vrabel, who was hired in January as the team’s new head coach, and defesive coordinator Dean Pees also come to Tennessee after having spent time in New England.
Undrafted out of Kent State, Kline has started 53 games (including five playoff games)in his five-year career. He started all 16 regular season contests, with two more in the postseaon, for the Titans in 2017 and was rated 22nd overall out of 77 qualifying players at his position by Pro Football Focus. Robinson added Kline, center Ben Jones and tackle Jack Conklin in the rebuilding of Tennessee’s offensive line two years ago. That unit has helped account for the third-most rushing yards (4,020) and 11th fewest sacks allowed (63) in the NFL, according to the the team.