Titans offensive lineman Olson might retire after season

Updated: December 28, 2007, 2:58 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Ten-year veteran right guard Benji Olson, a fixture on the Tennessee Titans offensive line since moving into the starting lineup in 1999, could be playing his last game in Sunday night's season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.

Olson, 32, and plagued by back injuries that forced him to miss three games earlier this season, told The [Nashville] Tennessean that he is considering retirement.

"You know I'm thinking about it," Olson said, according to the report. "But we've got more important things going on right now than to be talking about my future. Let's just put it this way: I've put a lot of thought into this year and you can probably take a good guess at what's going to happen."

The Titans will earn an AFC wild card spot with a victory at the RCA Dome. Tennessee will be eliminated from the playoffs, however, if it loses to the Colts.

A fifth-round choice in the 1998 draft, Olson has been a solid and durable player on what has been a consistently good Tennessee blocking unit during his tenure with the franchise. Always regarded as an excellent in-line blocker in the running game, Olson has become a very good pass protector as well in the second half of his career.

The former Washington standout, who entered the 1998 draft as an underclassman, started in only one game as a rookie, but earned the starting job at right guard in his second season and has been there ever since.

In his 10 seasons, he has missed only eight games and five starts. Olson started all 16 games in six different seasons. Until this year, he never missed more than one starting assignment in any season.

Tennessee, which has one of the best young tackle tandems in the league in Michael Roos and David Stewart, could be forced to rebuild its line in 2008.

In addition to the possibility that Olson will retire, left guard Jacob Bell, who signed just a one-year restricted free agent qualifying offer this spring, is eligible for unrestricted free agency.