NASHVILLE, TN, June 30, 2008 – The Tennessee Titans have signed starting right tackle David Stewart to a multi-year contract extension. Stewart signed a one-year tender earlier this offseason as a restricted free agent.
The new contract provides the Titans with lasting stability at key positions the offensive line. Left tackle
“The ability to get both Michael and David under contract long term is a huge part of growing a young team,” said Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt. “David is the prototypical right tackle in my mind and his style of play sets the tone in a lot of ways for our line and our team in general.”
The 6-foot-7, 318-pount Stewart, appropriately nicknamed “Big Country,” has started 30 games at right tackle during his three-year career, including all 16 games in 2007. Originally a fourth-round selection (113th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft, he was inactive for every game as a rookie but emerged in 2006 with 14 starts and a reputation as one of the team’s most physical players. He played an integral role in the NFL’s fifth-ranked rushing offense in both 2006 and 2007.
A native of Moulton, Ala., Stewart started 35 consecutive games in his career at Mississippi State and earned honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior.