Titans give Stevens a four-year deal

The Tennessee Titans rewarded veteran tight end Craig Stevens with a four-year contract extension on Friday, worth about $15 million according to TitanInsider.com.

According to the report, Stevens had been the Titans top priority in free agency this off-season, because the team values his versatility as both a run blocker and an occasional pass receiver. Stevens can play both as the on-the-line blocking tight end and as the H-back in the two-tight end sets.

“This is the first deal that has been signed under the new collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to reward their veterans rather than the huge rookie contracts,” Stevens' agent Ken Zuckerman said. “This is the Titans stepping up and rewarding a guy who has been a hard worker and done the right things, and the little things that don't always show up on the stat sheet.”

Stevens had nine catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in 2011.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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