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Titans FA DE David Ball Adding Bulk During the Lockout

With the Titans coaching staff looking to get bigger along the defensive line, free agent defensive end Dave Ball has added 10 pounds in the hopes he’ll be back for a fourth season in Nashville, reports John Glennon of The Tennessean.

“I have been trying to do that (bulk up) because I do want to come back here,” said Ball, who is up to 265 pounds. “That’s just because what I was told. They said, ‘We’re looking for bigger defenders.’ Okay, I’ll try to get bigger. I want to be here.”

Ball weighed 277 pounds at the 2004 Scouting Combine, so his frame is certainly capable of handling additional weight.

An All-American his senior season at UCLA, Ball was chosen in the fifth-round of the 2004 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. Ball had 10 tackles in 21 games with the Chargers and New York Jets between 2004 and 2006. Waived by the Carolina Panthers in 2007, Ball signed a “Reserve/Futures” contract with the Titans in 2008.

In 37 games over the last three seasons, Ball has 77 tackles and 11.5 quarterback sacks. Ball played last season under a “Second Round” restricted free agent tender, earning $1.809 million in base salary while posting a career-high 7.5 quarterback sacks before he was placed on injured reserve (concussion/hip).

The 30-year-old is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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