Ex-Colts DT Simon agrees to deal with Titans

Updated: August 28, 2007, 11:58 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Veteran free agent defensive tackle Corey Simon, released by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this month after what owner Jim Irsay termed a "bad mistake," reached a contract agreement with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

Financial details of the one-year contract were not immediately available.

Corey Simon

Simon

"It's where he wanted to be," agent Roosevelt Barnes said. "He liked [coach Jeff] Fisher and the organization, and he's definitely glad to be back [in the league]."

By signing with the Titans, the seven-year veteran will have a chance to face the Colts twice yearly in AFC South play. Simon will finalize the contract Tuesday afternoon and will attempt to get himself quickly back into shape so that he can be a regular part of the Tennessee tackle rotation.

"Oh gosh, it feels great," Simon said, according to The Associated Press. "A little rusty, but I felt good just getting out and running around and being with the guys. That's what you miss most when you're away from the game. You miss the camaraderie in the locker room, and so it's great to get back out here."

Simon met with Titans officials last week and passed a physical examination.

Signed by the Colts in the summer of 2005 after the Philadelphia Eagles rescinded the franchise tag they had put on him earlier that spring, Simon played 13 games for Indianapolis before suffering a knee injury.

He missed much of the offseason program in the spring of 2006 and then was placed on the non-football injury list with what Colts' officials described as polyarthritis and didn't play at all in 2006.

The Colts, who signed Simon to a five-year, $30 million contract, ended up paying him more than $14 million in bonuses and salaries. The club attempted to recover an $8 million option bonus paid to Simon in March of 2006 but were unable to recoup the money because of a ruling in a case involving former Denver Broncos first-round wide receiver Ashley Lelie.

Clearly, the Colts got very little return for a pricey investment.

Simon, 30, immediately became an unrestricted free agent when Indianapolis released him on Aug. 4, and he drew interest from several teams after indicating that he wanted to resume his career.

While Simon does not offer the kind of inside pass-rush pressure he did early in his career, he is still a wide-body and capable of playing the run well.

A former Florida State standout, Simon was the Eagles' first-round selection in the 2000 draft, the sixth player chosen overall that year. In 91 games, he has recorded 245 tackles, 32 sacks, 14 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and three recoveries. His resume includes one Pro Bowl appearance.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.