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Titans sign Lynch, waive Johnson

After signing linebacker Gary Guyton to a one-year contract, the Titans also made a move at safety, adding veteran Corey Lynch on Sunday.

Lynch, a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008, has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers.

“I was just working out every day and waiting for a call. The Titans finally pulled through and gave me a visit,” said Lynch, who still had his suitcases in front of his locker.

He found out Saturday afternoon and woke up at 3 a.m. Sunday to hop a flight from Florida., to make it to Nashville.

To make room on the roster, Tennessee waived safety Robert Johnson with the “failed physical” designation and also waived defensive end Thaddeus Gibson.
Johnson, a fifth-round pick in 2010, was being groomed to be the Titans starting free safety a year ago at this time. However, he quickly relinquished the starting job after three starts, and ended the year on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Johnson began camp this year on the physically unable to perform list due to that injury.

“I think it’s just been frustrating for him, too, and us that injuries have been unfortunately around for him since he’s been here. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Great kid. We’d love to have him here,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I know he loved it here, too. He had a great opportunity last year and worked hard to get it. He had the injury, then he tried to come back, and still was not healthy. It just seemed like we needed to have someone that could help us. He couldn’t stay healthy. Hopefully he’ll get an opportunity to play somewhere else, and hopefully his luck will be different.”

With the injury to rookie seventh-round pick Daimion Stafford, the Titans needed another player at that position, and Lynch, a veteran, fills the bill. Tennessee is also down linebackers Zaviar Gooden, Colin McCarthy and Greg Jones.

“We wanted another safety there because we’ve got some guys with some pulls who haven’t practiced this week. Stafford hasn’t practiced. A couple of the linebackers, three linebackers now aren’t practicing,” Munchak said. “It’s numbers. Again, we’re still in training camp. This isn’t the regular season. This is a long practice tonight, practice this morning, we have another one tomorrow. It’s getting warmer, which is good, too. We need to make sure we have enough bodies so we don’t have injuries because of being short at different positions.”

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