Woodyard signed a two-year extension with the Titans on Wednesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports. The deal will keep Woodyard in Tennessee through the 2019 season and allows him to earn upwards of $12.75 million across that time span. While the Kentucky product's 57 tackles from this past season pale in comparison to his numbers from 2014 and 2015, Woodyard still finished as the Titans' fourth-leading tackler and should continue to operate as one of the team's top defensive contributors for the foreseeable future.
The Titans have signed Sean Spence to compete with Woodyard and Avery Williamson at the inside linebacker position, the team's official site reports. Spence is a special-teams standout who has also started 13 games over the past two seasons, making him a viable alternative should either of Tennesee's 2015 starters at the position struggle early in the new campaign. Woodyard should slot in ahead of Spence on the depth chart if he can stay healthy, but the veteran linebacker can't afford a dip in level at age 29.
Woodyard recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. The 29-year-old linebacker has an impressive 28 combined tackles over the past three weeks.
Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard recorded 10 tackles (eight solo), a sack, a quarterback hit, and two tackles for loss in a losing effort against Miami on Sunday. Woodyard played very well, but sadly the same could not be said about most of his teammates on either side of the ball. He'll look to continue his personal strong play against the Falcons next week.
Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Bengals. McCourty was listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, but he'll suit up. Running back Dexter McCluster (foot), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (finger) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle) are also active after being listed as probable.