New Tennessee Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro had been waiting for six months for the right opportunity to return to the NFL.
Vaccaro believes he has found that opportunity, signing a one-year deal with the Titans on Saturday to essentially and eventually replace injured Johnathan Cyprien at strong safety.
“This has been a long time coming for me. I was waiting on the right opportunity. I was fortunate that one opened up here and that we could get a deal done. I’m ready to work,” Vaccaro said.
Vaccaro, 27, a former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, said it was tough being away from football and that he has some catching up to do to get ready for the season.
“It’s hard, because I’m a competitive dude. I enjoy that grind. I enjoy building that foundation in OTAs with my teammates,” Vaccaro said. “It’s hard to come out here with all these guys grinding together. They know each other’s names. They know each others’ families and wives, kids and children. Really not knowing anything about anybody, I’ve got to catch up quick and earn their respect. The first thing I want to do when I get on a new team is to earn the respect of the locker room.”