NASHVILLE – Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro returned to Nashville and signed his contract on Thursday morning, and he couldn’t be happier.
Vaccaro and the team agreed to terms earlier in the week.
“I felt like I meshed here from the very start,” Vaccaro said on Thursday morning. “I felt like it was an easy decision for me. I was comfortable here, and I felt appreciated. And in the end it all worked out.”
Vaccaro met with secondary coach Kerry Coombs and defensive assistant Scott Booker on Thursday morning before signing the deal. He’s scheduled to hold a press conference later Thursday morning at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Signed prior to the start of the 2018 season, Vaccaro played in 13 games for the Titans last year. He recorded 70 tackles, with two sacks and an interception. He proved to be a tone-setter, and a reliable pro while playing alongside safety Kevin Byard.
Vaccaro, who played his first four NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, hopes to make a bigger impact in Year 2 in Tennessee.
“You should see a big leap, as far as from myself, and for our secondary,” Vaccaro said. “Just kind of coming together. That continuity grows, the relationships get better. I came in a week into training camp last year, and … I picked things up and played. So I have big expectations for myself with a full year.”
Titans General Manager Jon Robinson called Vaccaro a “primary target” while at the NFL Combine last month.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel complimented him as well.
“He’s physical,” Vrabel said of Vaccaro. “He loves football. He came in and did a great job, learned the system quickly. He plays hard. I think he’s a good teammate, all those things we talk about.”
Vaccaro said Robinson told him at the end of the 2018 season he wanted to re-sign him. The Titans released safety Johnathan Cyprien earlier this week.
Vaccaro said he appreciates how the Titans have treated him from the start. He also said he also appreciates the love he's felt on social media from Titans fans, and it made his decision easier.
“The Saints, they have a really great fan base too,” Vaccaro said. “But for some reason here, it was like I instantly felt appreciated. Just from reading stuff on social media. … Believe it or not, athletes read stuff. People act like we are invincible, but you read stuff and you get a vibe.
“And to me, I felt a lot of love from the Titans fans, and honestly, that alone had me wanting to come back. Just the positivity and appreciation, I could see it and I could feel it, and I appreciate that.”
TitansOnline.com looks back at veteran safety Kenny Vaccaro's 2018 season. (AP Photos)