Titans Boot Bironas – NFL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee is cutting ties with longtime kicker Rob Bironas (bur-OH'-nas), who spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the team. The 36-year old is the second leading scorer in franchise history behind fellow kicker Al Del Greco. Bironas has made 85.7 percent of his career field-goal attempts (239 of 279) to rank fourth in NFL history in accuracy. He was successful on 25 of 29 field goal attempts last season.
The Titans have come to terms on a multiyear contract with defensive tackle Antonio Johnson. The 29-year-old played in all 16 games last season, starting in six. Johnson recorded 35 tackles and career best three sacks.
In other NFL matters:
— Veteran tackle Eric Winston has been elected president of the NFL Players Association succeeding Domonique Foxworth, who did not seek re-election. Winston has played for Houston, Kansas City and Arizona since being a third-round draft pick in 2006 by the Texans. He has been an active union member since 2010 and was a leading spokesman for the players during the 2011 lockout.
— Former NFL Players Association president Troy Vincent has been promoted to executive vice president of football operations for the league. Vincent's areas of responsibility will include officiating and on-field discipline.
— NFL owners likely will consider expanding the playoffs by two teams when they hold their spring meetings in Orlando next week, but a vote on the subject is uncertain. A groundswell for raising the number of playoff qualifiers to seven in each conference figures to get plenty of support from the 32 owners. Such an expansion could occur as early as next season.
— The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent offensive lineman Donald Penn to a two-year contract. NFL Network reported that the contract is worth $9.6 million with $4.2 million guaranteed.
— The New York Jets re-signed veteran guard Willie Colon to a one-year deal. The 30-year-old Colon will return after starting at right guard in all 16 games last season. He is recovering from a torn right biceps suffered in the season finale, but is expected to be OK by training camp.