The Tennessee Titans signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dee Liner to a reserve/futures contract on Wednesday.
The Tennesee Titans have signed a promising defensive lineman who comes with one of the league’s best names with the addition of Dee Liner, as reported by Jon Burton.
Liner was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs after being passed over in last spring’s 2018 NFL Draft. The priority free agent was signed by Brett Veach and looked solid in offseason training activities and the preseason. He failed to make the active roster, but the Chiefs ended up signing Liner to the team’s practice squad to start the regular season.
Unfortunately for Liner, the Chiefs decided to go another direction weeks later with the signing of another defensive lineman in Joey Ivie in a swap of practice squad prospects. Ivie remains in place and the Chiefs clearly like what they see in his replacement.
Liner was the heaviest player on the roster at 325 pounds, outweighing Kahlil McKenzie and Mitch Schwartz by five pounds each. His strength is his size and the Titans have to be enamored with the potential of having such a valuable space-eater up front if he can also fit well into the team’s defensive scheme. Typically such size or speed prospects are worth an offseason look, so this is a nice low-risk proposition by Jon Robinson.
Liner was impressive enough as a prospect to play football at Alabama but ended up transferring after two years to Arkansas State. At Alabama, Liner received scant playing time and put up only three tackles but he broke through with the Red Wolves to show he can disrupt the pocket and get into the backfield with 15 total tackles for loss during his final two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference.
Liner joins Bennie Logan in Tennessee as former Chiefs linemen on the roster.