ATLANTA — Former Falcons wide receiver took to the local Atlanta airwaves on Tuesday and teased listeners with the information that he knew which team he would sign a contract with, but failed to let anyone in on the information.
As is typically the case with private information during free agency in the NFL, secrecy can only be maintained for so long.
According to multiple reports, Douglas, a free agent after being released last month, has signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Douglas caught 51 passes last year for 556 yards and hauled in two touchdowns. He’s just one year removed from stepping in for an injured Julio Jones in 2013 to catch 85 passes for 1,067 yards. Roddy White also missed time with the Falcons in 2013, making Douglas the go-to target on the outside for quarterback Matt Ryan.
With the addition, the Titans now have a receiving corps consisting of Kendal Wright (57 receptions, 715 yards in 2014) Justin Hunter (28, 647) and Douglas. Nate Washington, Tennessee’s third leading receiver last season in yards and receptions, is an unrestricted free agent.
Over his six seasons played in the NFL, Douglas pulled down eight touchdown passes, averaged 12.1 yards per catch and caught 258 passes for 3,131 yards. He’s primarily been a slot receiver, but has shown he can move around when needed anywhere in an offense scheme.
Douglas and Wright, at slot receiver, both primarily play the same position. So the Titans will need to find a way for both to coexist on the field at the same time. Tennessee also has a dire need for someone to step up (or in) and become a threat on the outside.
While co-hosting "The Rick & Jamie Show" Tuesday on 92.9 the Game with Jamie Dukes and Rick Kimla, Douglas said he felt loved when he visited with the Titans, and said being with the Titans (although he did not reveal the team at the time of the statement) felt like a home away from home.