NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans and free agent defensive end Jevon Kearse have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract.
The team announced the deal at a press conference Thursday.
NewsChannel 5 Sports Director Hope Hines said Kearse got a two-year deal worth $6 million including a $1 million signing bonus.
Kearse met with the team Wednesday. The Pro Bowler spent the first five years of his NFL career with Nashville's professional football team. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after Tennessee made him the 16th overall pick in the 1999 draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles terminated his contract on Feb. 28. Kearse signed in Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2004.
"Jevon is a piece of the puzzle in trying to fill the defensive end need that we have," said Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt in a statement posted on the team's Web site. "Our expectation for him is to rush the passer in a limited number of snaps. He has always been a dynamic edge rusher and we want to put him in those situations."
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender, who earned the nickname "The Freak" during his playing days at the University of Florida, has played in 111 career games.
His statistics include 444 tackles, 69.5 sacks, one interception and 29 forced fumbles, according to the Titans.