NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson reinforced his team’s depth at yet another position Monday with the signing of linebacker Will Compton. The 28-year-old provides added competition to a group that was depleted with Avery Williamson departing Nashville in free agency last month for the New York Jets.
Compton’s one-year deal is reportedly worth up to $2 million with a signing bonus of $250,000. He visited Tennessee last month, according to the team, and comes to the Titans by way of Washington.
An undrafted free agent out of Nebraska in 2013, Compton has appeared in 57 games in his five-year career and made 33 starts for Washington during his time there. Compton was only able to play in nine regular season games for his team in 2017 due to a separated shoulder and a Lisfranc sprain that required him to end his year on Injured Reserve. The linebacker registered an interception, three passes defensed and 12 tackles before the team shut him down late in the season. Prior to his most recent campaign, the 2016 defensive captain had missed only one contest in the three years previous.
For his career, Compton has accumulated a total of 271 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.
Tennessee currently has five inside linebackers on the roster for 2018 with the addition of Compton, including starter Wesley Woodyard, frequent nickel backer Jayon Brown and special teamers Nate Palmer and Daren Bates. The Titans are still expected to further address the position in this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month.