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LB Witherspoon Likely to Keep Starting Job Even if Casillas Come Aboard

Linebacker Will Witherspoon will likely keep his starting job with the Titans this year even if the team sign free agent Jonathan Casillas according to John Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean.

Witherspoon is due a pricey $3.5 million and has been replacement level at best as a starter the past two seasons. He is in the last year of his contract. Casillas doesn’t project as more than a reserve and special teamer.

The 24-year-old Casillas played in 13 games for the Saints, starting five. He totaled 43 tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed.

Casillas has been in the league for three years, but missed the entire 2010 season with a foot injury. He played collegiately at Wisconsin but was not drafted, signed instead as a free agent by New Orleans.

Casillas is a restricted free agent, so if the Titans choose to sign him to an offer sheet, the Saints would get five days to match the offer. Because the Saints gave the lowest possible contract tender offer to Casillas, the Titans would not have to surrender any compensation to the Saints if Tennessee signs him.

The Titans may also look to the draft for linebacker help. A draft choice is more likely to give Witherspoon real competition for the starting job.

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