LB Spence leaves Steelers, signs free-agent deal with Titans

| Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:15 p.m.

The Steelers on Wednesday lost another unrestricted free agent when backup inside linebacker Sean Spence signed a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans that can pay him up to $2.5 million this year.

Spence, a third-round pick in 2012, played behind starters Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons this past season and played only 192 snaps. Spence was a vital part of the Steelers' special teams playing in the second-most snaps.

Spence received a $500,000 signing bonus to go along with a $1.5 million base salary and $31,250 per game active roster bonus.

“I would like to than the Pittsburgh Steelers organzation and the entire staff for an amazing four years,” Spence wrote on Twitter. “I have bonded with many people who have changed my life; I will call you family forever. The Terrible Towels will be greatly missed.”

Spence, 27, played in 31 regular-season games over the last two seasons. He played in 15 games with four starts last season and recorded 37 tackles and a sack.

Spence started 13 games over the past two seasons after missing his first two years with a knee injury that was believed to be career-ending.

The Steelers have lost three free agents in two days — Steve McLendon (New York Jets), Kelvin Beachum (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Spence.

Vince Williams will be the primary backup at both inside linebacker positions.

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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