It has been a few years since former Georgia Tech linebacker Gary Guyton has been a big-time contributor in the NFL, but he certainly will be given every opportunity to earn a role with his new team.
The Tennessee Titans announced on Sunday that they waived safety Robert Johnson (after a failed physical), and with the move, they were able to sign both the aforementioned Guyton, and safety Cory Lynch. For Guyton, the Titans will serve as his 3rd NFL team, as he previously was a standout with the New England Patriots from 2008-2011, and he appeared in 1 game with the San Diego Chargers last season.
Guyton was a perennial contributor with New England, starting 32 games over 4 years, and peaking with a 55-tackle season in 2009. The Titans defense was in desperate need of a veteran in their back 7, and Guyton will certainly present a solid option if he is healthy enough to see the field.
As far as the second signing, Cory Lynch will be given a significant look at safety in the wake of Johnson’s waiver placement, and he has played for 3 teams in the NFL after emerging from Appalachian State University. However, Guyton is the real prize here, and it’ll be interesting to see how that linebacking corps shapes up when he is ready to contribute.