(Reuters) - Powerful Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens, a key blocker for Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson, has agreed to a multi-year contract.
While no financial details were disclosed by the Titans on Friday, local media estimate the deal to be worth $15 million over four years.
"Craig is one of our young core guys. We will continue to see him improve into one of the better combo tight ends in the league," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt told the team's official website (http://www.titansonline.com).
"This deal came together very quickly. He wanted to be a part of what we are building here and this is a deal that was good for both sides."
Stevens, 27, was a third-round draft pick by the Titans in 2008 and has registered 21 receptions and three touchdowns for the team in 58 games.
The 268-pound tight end has been a pivotal figure for Tennessee over the last four seasons and has helped running back Johnson gain 5,645 yards and 38 rushing touchdowns during that time.
In 2011 Stevens played in 15 games with 11 starts, leading the team with an 18.4-yard receiving average and scoring one touchdown.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles, editing by Tony Jimenez)