Nate Palmer wasn’t out of work for long.
The Tennessee Titans claimed the former Green Bay Packers linebacker off waivers on Monday. He’ll earn $675,000 this season if he makes the Titans’ 53-man roster, though the Packers still assume a quarter of his signing bonus ($24,724) as a cap hit after releasing the 2013 sixth-round pick on Friday.
The Titans held the first option on the waiver wire since they finished with a league-worst record of 3-13 last season.
The move drops Palmer into a 3-4 scheme in Tennessee that closely resembles the defense he played in Green Bay. The teams’ defensive coordinators, Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau, developed the zone-blitz scheme together during their time with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990s.
The biggest question is where Tennessee plans to use the 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker after he played both outside and inside in Green Bay. Palmer started 10 games for the Packers at inside linebacker last year before losing the job to rookie Jake Ryan. He finished the year with 68 tackles and a sack in 534 regular-season snaps.