The Titans have added three players with Super Bowl experience so far in free agency. Their pasts could make a positive impact in Tennessee moving forward.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Logan Ryan wasn’t wearing a Super Bowl ring when he signed his contract with the Titans, but everyone knows he has the bling.
Ryan, a cornerback, played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the New England Patriots, including one this past season.
New Titans defensive lineman Sylvester Williams has a pretty fancy piece of jewelry himself, and the experience of winning a title. And while new return man Eric Weems saw his season end in heartbreaking fashion while with the Falcons last month, he considers his Super Bowl run valuable as well.
“All of those guys have played long seasons in their Super Bowl runs,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “They were a part of teams that knew what it took to get to the game, and found ways to win. So guys with playoff experience in January, as many of those guys that we can add that can help the football team and have been through that process before, the better.
“And the guys that haven’t been there before, hopefully they can shed some light on what it takes to get into playing meaningful football in January.”
Williams, who’ll play nose tackle with the Titans, played from 2013-2016 with the Broncos, where he played in 60 games, with 48 starts.
Williams won a Super Bowl ring in Denver when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
“I think when you have people that reached the highest level that this sport has to offer, I feel like as a player I know what it takes to get there and I know how to encourage other guys around me,’’ Williams said. “I am sure the other guys do, too. You have a guy (Ryan) who has won two rings coming in as well.
“The thing I remember about us is how close we were, and how we stuck together. We didn’t let outside noise bother us. You have to work through things to get to your goal.”
A 10-year veteran, Weems worked his entire career to get to the Super Bowl.
He’s still haunted by last year’s loss to the Patriots. The Falcons led 28-3 in the third quarter, only to see the lead – and the game — slip away.
Still, he said the experience was valuable.
“I think that helps big-time, because other guys around you can learn,’’ Weems said. “You can bring that winning mentality in, and hopefully that Super Bowl mentality, and other guys can catch on. Hopefully that is contagious around the locker room.”
No one has more postseason experience than Ryan, however.
He’s won two Super Bowls, the one last month and another in 2014. He was teammates in New England with guard Josh Kline, claimed off waivers by the Titans last season, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
Ryan acknowledges the experience is valuable, but it comes with no guarantees, he said.
“Experience is what you make of it,” Ryan said. “I have been able to have some championships, but in the NFL, more than any other sport, it is about the next season, nothing is guaranteed in this business. I am excited about this year, and coming into work every day and being a professional. I am going to try to lead by example. I am not here to make promises or try to make any guarantees.”