Since Tennessee’s franchises introduced themselves to the Volunteer state, they’ve made some pretty memorable free agency splashes. Some free agents who are in action now, like Mike Ribeiro or Perrish Cox for example, will hopefully be on this list in coming years. For now, we will recognize some others.
1. Kyle Vanden Bosch
This guy was an absolute force with the Titans. The three-time Pro Bowler had 464 tackles, 58 sacks, and 20 forced fumbles in his career. He had one of his best years in 2007, getting to the quarterback 12 times and made 60 tackles overall. His final year in two-toned blue was in 2009. He eventually joined the Detroit Lions.
2. Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker isn’t a player from the past, but he has been extremely effective for the Titans. He had 94 receptions in 2015 for 1,088 yards. He grabbed six touchdowns, one of which ended up as an amazing tipped-catch. The Pro-Bowl tight end is already being considered as a huge free agent steal for Tennessee.
3. Kevin Mawae
He was a Hawaiian just like the fan-favorite Marcus Mariota. He has his own Hawaiian restaurant in Nashville. He was an offensive lineman for the Tennessee Titans for three years and was voted into the Pro Bowl in two of them. He helped the Titans offense rank fifth in the NFL in rushing in 2006. The Titans set a new franchise record by averaging an astounding 4.7 yards per carry, and the offensive line finished tied for 10th in the league with only 29 sacks allowed. Mawae was voted team captain and started 14 games in 2007. Mawae eventually retired in September of 2010.
1. Chucky Atkins
He spent just two years with the Grizzlies, but those were two great years for a free agent. He averaged in double figures in his half-season stint with Memphis, 11.4 points per game, and shooting around 40%. He improved in his final year with Memphis, averaging 13 points per game and shooting at 43%. The Grizzlies eventually let him go and he joined the Denver Nuggets.
2. James Posey
Much like Atkins, the two time NBA Champion Posey spent just two seasons with the Grizzlies. He was a good contributor to Memphis, shooting at 44% and averaging 11.6 points per game. He had 21 points and two turnovers per 100 possessions. However, he was involved in the biggest trade in NBA history, and in return the Grizzlies received shooting guard Eddie Jones and point guard Raul Lopez.
3. Tony Allen
The Grindfather has made himself at home in Memphis. He emerged as one of the top defensive players in his first season with the Grizzlies, averaging 1.79 steals and was a big reason why Memphis led the league in forced turnovers. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team two years in a row. He’s currently averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and 6.6 points per game. An injury this season has put a dent in his statistics.
1. Andreas Johansson
He spent two of his 18 years in Nashville and he delivered big. He had 32 goals and a few handfuls of assisted goals. He spent a few seasons with the New York Rangers before joining the Predators. Declining performance in his second year likely resulted in the departure.
2. Yanic Perreault
He spent a season sitting out due to the lockout before receiving an offer from the Predators in 2006. The wait was all worthwhile as he had a pretty successful term with Nashville. He scored 57 points, which stands as his NHL career high.
3. Joel Ward
He suited up in four different uniforms, one was our own Nashville Predators. He spent two seasons with Nashville, 2008-09 and 2009-10. He scored 30 goals in that time frame for the Predators. He made the roster out of training camp and scored his first NHL goal in his first game as a Predator against the St. Louis Blues in 2008-09.
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