Tennessee agreed to terms with receiver Justin Gage on Friday, moving to fill a gaping hole on its roster. The four-year veteran had 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in 49 games, including 16 starts, for the Chicago Bears.
"Justin is a big, physical, and athletic receiver who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. "He gives us a different body type, and he will compete for a role within our receiving corps."
Gage was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by Chicago. He posted his best season in 2005 with a career-high 31 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Gage's agent did not return a call Friday.
He was signed a day after Philadelphia signed wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who had also visited Tennessee.
Tennessee released Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade at the start of free agency, creating a big need at wide receiver in addition to holes at cornerback and on the defensive line.
The Titans also announced Friday that the Dallas Cowboys would not match Tennessee's multi-year contract offer to linebacker Ryan Fowler. The team has also agreed to a three-year deal with cornerback Nick Harper.