The Tennessee Titans have agreed with kick returner/running back Darius Reynaud to a one-year deal, a league source indicated.
Reynaud was signed by the Titans last season after being out of football in 2011. The former New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings return man had a strong preseason, and when Marc Mariani suffered a compound leg fracture, he won a spot on Tennessee's 53-man roster.
Reynaud said he was grateful to the Titans for being the only team to call him last year, and he rewarded their faith in him by re-signing, despite overtures from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers.
"That was my main reason for coming back here. Last year the Titans were the only team to call and gave me an opportunity," Reynaud said.
Reynaud had a strong season with Titans, averaging 23.4 yards per kickoff return and 13.2 yards per punt return. He had on kickoff return for a touchdown and two TDs on punt returns. He was twice named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
"I know I can do even better this year, because I study film and I saw some things that I left out there on the field," he said.
Reynaud is also excited about the direction the Titans are going, given that the team has brought in five free agents in a two-day span, and might not be through adding pieces before the draft.
"I'm excited, and I really didn't want to miss out on what we're doing here," Reynaud said. "I like what they're doing, and I wanted to be a part of it."
Reynaud will likely battle Marc Mariani, a former Pro Bowl return man who suffered a compound leg fracture last year, for the return role in 2013.
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