Originally written on Total Titans  |  Last updated 11/19/14

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 21: Kicker Rob Bironas #2 of the Tennessee Titans jogs off the field after kicking the game-winning field goal to break the NFL record with 8 field goals in a game during the final seconds of the game against the Houston Texans on October 21, 2007 at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Naturally, since in yesterday's post I noted the Titans hadn't been very active in re-signing their own players, they went ahead and reupped two, re-signing kicker Rob Bironas and defensive end Keyunta Dawson. Bironas's deal is reportedly for $6.7 million over two years, while Dawson's is apparently another one-year deal for the league minimum. As I noted in my special teams analysis, Bironas was a below-average kicker in 2012 after spending several seasons at or among the league's best. An APY for $3.35 million is a very good one for a kicker, and I believe better than the one in the four-year deal that ran through 2012. While kickers are able to perform effectively even at advanced ages, paying a kicker more at age 35 than at age 31 when the most consistent skill among kickers, leg strength, tends to decline is not a very intelligent move. There will probably be a half-dozen kickers who were better than Bironas in 2012 who get less than $3.35 million per year this offseason, but hey, scratch a kicker off the list of team needs. Dawson played 38 snaps at defensive end for the Titans in 2012 before going on injured reserve after Week 3. He played exclusively (or nearly so) right defensive end in place for Kamerion Wimbley. He looked okay in the preseason, but didn't do anything in his brief regular season action. In the defensive ends analysis, I wrote I couldn't see him back with the team. I backed down from that a bit in yesterday's post, because it's hard for me to distinguish one backup option who hasn't played much from another. Still, I'm surprised by the timing of the move. Here's the question: Are there two roster spots for Dawson and Scott Solomon? I don't think either is the guy the Titans need to play on early downs or in base personnel to get stronger against the run. In that case, there might be two roster spots, but there probably are not two spots on the 46-man active roster. Maybe I'm questioning Dawson's judgment here more than the Titans', and he's in a position to know more than I am.  Still, I'm not sure he's much more than 50-50 to make it to September.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Red Sox set to add Hanley Ramirez

Darrelle Revis, Ndamukong Suh exchange words after game

Curt Schilling's son causes scare at Logan Airport

Manziel's girlfriend weighs in on the Browns QB situation

Scalpers in Detroit selling free Jets-Bills tickets for $125

Report: Redskins could bench Robert Griffin III

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Broncos have meeting with scoreboard operator

Report: Cowboys could still pursue Adrian Peterson

Manny Pacquiao: I'm ready to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

John Calipari gets daughter's birthday wrong

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

10 takeaways from Sunday's Week 12 NFL action

WWE Survivor Series results: Sting debuts, Team Cena wins

WATCH: Odell Beckham makes the catch of the season

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's awesome post game interview

Video: RG3 gets crushed, his linemen look unfazed

WATCH: Dominic Raiola tries to cheap-shot Patriots' lineman

WATCH: Janoris Jenkins returns interception for 99 yd TD

WATCH: TY Hilton chokes up in emotional postgame interview

WATCH: Chris Clemons accidentally knocks ref's hat off

WATCH: Aaron Rodgers throws nifty TD across his body

WATCH: LeGarrette Blount does Antonio Brown's end zone dance

WATCH: Eagles take opening kickoff 107 yards for TD

Titans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Beckham makes the catch of the season

10 takeaways from NFL Week 12

WWE Survivor Series results

Report: Red Sox set to add Hanley Ramirez

Dominic Raiola admits to dirty play

WATCH: Revis, Suh exchange words

Manziel's GF wants her man to play

Cowboys to pursue Adrian Peterson?

Cal gets daughter's bday wrong

Carson: Career not worth concussions

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.