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Dexter McCluster signs with Titans

Dexter McCluster signs with Tennessee TitansDexter McCluster will provide a boost for the Titans on special teams. (Ed Zurga/AP)

Dexter McCluster may not have taken off as a wide receiver the way the Chiefs envisioned when they took him with a second-round pick in 2010. He still has been a dangerous weapon at times, mainly in the return game -- he led the league in punt-return yards last season.

Tennessee will be paying for that special-teams presence with the hope that McCluster can crank it up a bit as a receiver, too. The Titans signed McCluster to a three-year deal Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the McCluster will take home $4.5 million in guaranteed money and the contract could be worth as much as $12 million total.

There did not appear to be a major need at receiver for the Titans, even as Kenny Britt hit the market Tuesday. Back for the 2014 season -- at least as things stand now -- will be Nate Washington, 2012 first-round pick Kendall Wright and 2013 second-rounder Justin Hunter. Their presences may pair perfectly with McCluster, who probably is best-suited to play a role deeper down the depth chart on offense.

What Tennessee did not have before Tuesday was any obvious front-runners to handle kickoff or punt-return duties. McCluster should step in there, possibly on both units.

Grade: B. Possibly a bit more money than McCluster's worth at the moment, but the Titans may have needed to sweeten the pot to keep Kansas City from jumping back into the mix. This is not a move that will sway the balance of power in the AFC South. What it does do is help round out the Titans' passing attack.
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