Former Steelers cornerback Blake signs with Titans
March 17, 2016 6:15 PM
The Steelers' Antwon Blake tries to take down the Raiders' Michael Crabtree during a November game at Heinz Field.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau continues to rebuild the Titans defense with players he coached when he was with the Steelers. For the second consecutive day, the Titans signed one of the Steelers unrestricted free agents.
Antwon Blake, who started 16 games at cornerback for the Steelers last season, signed with the Titans today. He followed former Steelers linebacker Sean Spence, who signed with Tennessee on Wednesday. Last week, the Titans signed free agent cornerback Brice McCain, who played for the Steelers and LeBeau in 2014.
Blake is the fifth free agent the Steelers have lost since the open period began eight days ago. He played in 46 games for the Steelers over the past three seasons, starting 17. Last season he had two interceptions, including one he returned 70 yards for a touchdown against the Chargers.
Earlier in the day, former Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin signed a contract with the Washington Redskins. Garvin, a reserve inside linebacker and strong special teams performer the past three seasons, did not receive a restricted free agent tender from the Steelers and became an unrestricted free agent last week.
Garvin, 25, played in 43 games the past three seasons and started one game as a rookie in 2013. Garvin announced his decision when he tweeted out of a picture of his contract.
Since the Steelers lost to Denver in the playoffs in January, they have lost tight end Heath Miller to retirement and receiver Martavis Bryant for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. They also lost starting nose tackle Steve McLendon and starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum.
The Steelers retained starting cornerback William Gay and starting left guard Ramon Foster as well as safety Robert Golden and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. They also signed outside free agents Ladarius Green, a tight end formerly of San Diego, and Ryan Harris, a left tackle who played for the Broncos last season.
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