After the Tennessee Titans either released or opted not to re-sign four of their more experienced offensive linemen, they have now made a move to bolster the group charged with opening holes for running back Derrick Henry. The Titans are bringing aboard former Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick offensive tackle Andre Dillard on a three-year deal worth $29 million, according to NFL Media.
The 27-year-old was selected 22nd overall in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Washington State, but injuries have plagued the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder since his second season in 2020 when he missed the entire year with a torn biceps muscle he suffered in a training camp practice. Dillard's injury opened up opportunity for the team's seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jordan Mailata. His steady play in Dillard's place led to him signing a four-year, $64 million contract extension with Philadelphia prior to the start of the 2021 season, knocking Dillard out of the regular starting lineup.
Dillard also missed five games in 2022 with a fractured forearm suffered in training camp. Dillard didn't start a single game for the 2022 NFC champion Eagles this past season and only registered five special teams snaps in their 38-35 Super Bowl LVII loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Joining a team whose offensive line has lost three-time Pro Bowl tackle Taylor Lewan (release), offensive lineman Dennis Daley (unsigned), center Corey Levin (unsigned) and guard Nate Davis ( ) will allow Dillard to hit the reset button on his career and rebuild his stock for the next free agency go-around at age 30 in three years time.