Originally posted on Total Titans  |  Last updated 3/7/13

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, b...
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