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Titans sign former Broncos NT Sylvester Williams to three-year deal

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Former Denver Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams agreed to a three-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, ESPN reports.

The Broncos declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Williams’ contract last year, indicating he would hit free agency when his rookie deal expired.

When Terrance Knighton left as a free agent and the Broncos switched to the 3-4 scheme in 2015, Williams was elevated to starting nose tackle. Over the last two seasons, while serving as the center anchor on the Broncos’ line, Williams totaled 54 total tackles (four for loss), four sacks and five quarterback hits.

Williams fills a void for the Titans, who released veteran Al Woods on Wednesday and have been in need of a true nose tackle. Last season, Tennessee’s defense ranked 20th in total yards allowed (357.5 per game) but second in rushing yards (88.3 per game).

Williams started 48 games and played in 60 during his four seasons with the Broncos. He was a starter in Super Bowl 50 and brings the Titans a second Super Bowl winner two days after they signed former New England cornerback Logan Ryan.

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