Seven-year NFL veteran defensive lineman Denico Autry signed a three-year, $21.5 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. Autry, a former undrafted free agent, spent the 2020 season with the Indianapolis Colts but has also played for the Oakland Raiders.
The #Titans are signing former #Colts DT Denico Autry to a 3-year deal worth $21.5M, per me and @TomPelissero. He gets $9M guaranteed and $14.25M over 2 years. TEN’s first FA signing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2021
Denico Autry, Tennessee Titans, Agree to Contract
Denico Autry is coming off yet another successful season with the Indianapolis Colts. Appearing in 14 games, the Mississippi State product recorded 7.5 sacks, 33 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, and 10 quarterback hits. Additionally, he had a fantastic game in the playoffs, recording 1.5 sacks in the 27-24 playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Autry originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. Signing with the Oakland Raiders, Autry eventually made his NFL debut in October of 2014 against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie played sparingly during his first season in the NFL, ultimately finishing with 13 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and one quarterback hit.
After his limited rookie year, Autry started to take on a bigger role in the Oakland defense. Over the next three years, Autry played in 46 of a possible 48 games (18 starts) while recording 10.5 sacks, 64 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, 20 quarterback hits, and two fumble recoveries. While nobody would confuse him with Aaron Donald, the versatile defensive lineman made a name for himself as a reliable rotational lineman.
After four years with the Raiders, Autry signed a three-year, $17.8 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The former undrafted free agent immediately proved to be worth the money, as he set career marks in sacks (nine), tackles (37), tackles-for-loss (13), and quarterback hits (11) while playing in just 12 games. He followed that up with a solid 2019, recording 3.5 sacks, 32 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, and 11 quarterback hits.
Throughout the course of his NFL career, Denico Autry has recorded 30.5 sacks, 202 tackles, 50 tackles-for-loss, 53 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, and one safety.
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