The Tennessee Titans' signing of Tyler Wilson on Tuesday was done with the future in mind, according to Coach Mike Munchak.
Wilson, a fourth-round pick by Oakland this year, was languishing on the Raiders' practice squad after being beaten out for a roster spot in preseason by undrafted Matt McGloin. Now, he gets a new lease on life with the Titans as he becomes the third quarterback on the depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Rusty Smith. He signed a three-year contract that keeps him with the Titans through 2015, provided he earns a roster spot.
The Titans' quarterback situation is a bit unsettled for the future, given Jake Locker's injury situation, the spottiness of Fitzpatrick's play this season and the fact that Smith's contract is up at the end of the season.
Coach Mike Munchak said Wilson could perhaps fit into the Titans' plans next season with a full off-season to learn the offense. Munchak indicated that Wilson was someone under consideration to sign even when Locker first went down, but the Titans opted for someone with more experience in John Skelton, who was waived Tuesday to make room.
"I think we looked at him throughout the quarterback situation. I think now that we are at this point in the year with two games left, we’re looking for a young quarterback to have here for the offseason that we thought would have a good chance of helping us going forward, of competing for one of the spots," Munchak said. "Earlier in the year it didn’t make sense because if we had an injury, we needed more of a veteran guy.
"We needed to get someone in like John (Skelton). We brought John in for that reason to learn our system in case Fitzy (Ryan Fitzpatrick) got hurt so we’d have two quarterbacks ready to go. … It’s more of a decision of a young player we liked out of college that we feel has the traits to help us possibly. We want to see if we can develop him."
Wilson was someone the Titans liked coming out in the draft last April according to Munchak.
"I know that the guys liked him when he came out of the draft. Dowell (Loggains) is an Arkansas guy, so he’s all excited about him, too. It’s someone we’ve kept an eye on. We always keep an eye on different guys. I think it’s someone that as a young quarterback, we thought he would fit what we do here. We like the way he plays the game, his demeanor."
The Titans placed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh on injured reserve on Tuesday with a foot injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Arizona. Cornerback Khalid Wooten, a sixth-round pick, was promoted from the practice squad.
The Titans also signed cornerback George Baker, who was with the team in camp, to the practice squad and added defensive tackle Kurt Taufa'Asau to the practice squad.
Zach Brown reacted to Mike Munchak's statement Monday that his play was "flat" and led to his being replaced by Zaviar Gooden. Gooden apparently got the first team reps ahead of Brown on Wednesday.
Munchak indicated Monday that the Titans wanted to create some competition at the weak side linebacker position between the two.
Brown didn't think his play was "flat."
"I'm not a robot," Brown said. "If you look at all the good players, they all take chances. They all go make plays. You don't want to be just a guy that just don't take chances. You can't be scared to take chances in this league because sometimes the chance might win you the game, might cost you the game. At the same time, you got to be the player you are."