Avery Williamson

Avery Williamson (54) is returning to the Titans from the Denver Broncos practice squad. Williamson played for Tennessee from 2014-17.

The Tennessee Titans, in need of help at inside linebacker, are planning to bring back 2014 draft choice Avery Williamson, a league source confirmed to TitanInsider.

Williamson, a native of Milan, Tenn., was a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2014 and was a starter for four seasons in Tennessee until his departure after the 2017 season. He signed with the New York Jets in 2018 and spent two-and-a-half seasons there. He split the 2020 season between the Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Williamson, 29, was on the Denver Broncos practice squad this season before the Titans agreed to sign him to their active roster. The Titans have been thin at inside linebacker as Jayon Brown was placed on injured reserve last week with a hamstring injury. David Long and Rashaan Evans are the starters now with rookie Monty Rice as the top backup now.

Williamson played college football at Kentucky. Perhaps his best season with the Titans was in 2015 when he posted 102 tackles in 15 games with 3.5 sacks and an interception.

Williamson tweeted about his return to Tennessee on Tuesday evening.