Darius Reynaud had a breakout year as a kick-returner for the Tennessee Titans last season. He played under a one-year contract and received interest from the Browns, Buccaneers and Jaguars before re-signing with the Titans for one more season.
He received a nice raise for his accomplishments last season, going from making $615K last season to $1.105 million next season. He also gets a $300K signing bonus.
With the increased pay, Reynaud hopes for a larger role in the Titans’ offense. Last year, he made a name for himself as a returner, but he doesn’t want to be labeled simply as that.
“A returner,”Reynaud told The Tennessean. “I hate it when people label me as a returner because I know the ability I have at running the ball in the offense. I feel like I am much more than just a returner. If I can provide a spark on special teams, I want to do that. But I can do more.
“My whole plan was to stick around in Tennessee, they were my first option,” he said. “My mind was set on coming back the whole time. Now I want to come back and give the team a boost any way I can.”
Now listed as an RB, getting touches in the backfield will be difficult for Reynaud. Last year, he only carried the ball 16 times and caught five passes, although he had a nice Preseason carrying the ball. The Titans also signed Shonn Greene to a $10 million contract last week to back up Chris Johnson.
However, Reynaud can also line up at receiver as well.
“I’m just glad they gave me the opportunity to come back,” said Reynaud. “I know I am not going to be the starting running back any time soon, but you are always looking to do more. … I am always up for competition, and I know what I am capable of doing, but I am not obsessed about numbers, I never have been.”