Woodyard headed to Titans

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 14, 2014

Wesley Woodyard, who spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos, is headed to a new team.

Woodyard, who led LaGrange High to state championship in 2003 before enjoying an exceptional four-year career at Kentucky, has signed a multi-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

“Wesley is a player who has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems and in our new scheme he fits as one of the inside linebackers,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said after the signing. “He is smart and fast. He also brings the leadership qualities and intangibles that we look for in a player, which makes him a good fit for us.”

After the free-agent period began, Woodyard visited with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, and he met with the Titans on Thursday.

After weighing his options, Woodyard decided to sign with the Titans Friday morning, and the deal was done.

Woodyard, who helped lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl last season, had been with Denver since 2008 when he was signed as a non-drafted free agent.

He’s been a key member of the team as a linebacker, and he has also been a special-teams standout.

Woodyard was also a team leader, and he was a selected as a team captain during each of his years with the Broncos.

During his six seasons with the Broncos, Woodyard appeared in 87 games with 40 starts, and he has 396 career tackles with eight sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.

His finest season came in 2012 when he had a team-high 114 tackles, and he also had five sacks and three interceptions that season.