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Fernando Velasco | Center | #61

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 310
College: Georgia
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Bills signed G/C Fernando Velasco.
A jack-of-all-trades-type on the interior, Velasco appeared in 23 games for the Panthers over the past two seasons, making eight starts. Now 31, he arrives in Buffalo as a pure reserve. Thu, Apr 7, 2016 03:54:00 PM

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Free agent C/G Fernando Velasco is visiting the Bills on Thursday.

This is his first reported visit. A versatile interior lineman, Velasco made 25 appearances for the Panthers over the last two seasons. He would compete for a reserve role in Buffalo.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Panthers signed C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco spent the offseason with the Titans but could not stick on the final roster. Velasco started seven games at guard and center as a reserve interior lineman for the Panthers last season. He should serve the same role this time around.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Titans waived/released C Fernando Velasco, LB Nate Askew, CB Will Brown, LB Dezmond Johnson, WR Tebucky Jones, WR Deon Long, DE Derrick Lott, OG Justin McCray, K Mike Meyer, and OLB Chaz Sutton.

Signed in June, Velasco never came close to putting heat on starting C Brian Schwenke, and also didn't threaten for ousted LG Andy Levitre's open job.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Titans signed C Fernando Velasco and placed CB Brandon Harris (ACL) on injured reserve.

Velasco (6'4/310) originally made the Titans as a UDFA back in 2008 and spent the first four years of his career with the team. Over the last two years, he's been a spot starter for the Steelers and Panthers. With Brian Schwenke and Andy Gallik both nicked up, Velasco is back with the Titans.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Panthers signed C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco, 29, started 11 games for the Steelers last season before going on injured reserve with an Achilles' injury. He's made 30 career starts across five seasons and will compete for a backup job behind Ryan Kalil.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 04:19:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have checked in on free agent centers.

With Mike Pouncey expected to miss 2-6 games, the Dolphins are in the market for veteran offensive line help. Sam Brenner is the current in-house favorite to replace Pouncey, but graded out negatively in limited action last year and has just four games of starting experience. Potential free agent options at center are Fernando Velasco, David Baas, Samson Satele, and Dan Koppen. Miami plans to visit with free agent OG Daryn Colledge next week.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 09:05:00 PM

The Steelers could re-sign free agent C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco made 11 starts in place of Maurkice Pouncey last season, grading out as a top-25 center by Pro Football Focus. He hasn't drawn any interest from teams because he's still recovering from Achilles surgery. Velasco is Rotoworld's No. 2 remaining center in free agency.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 10:20:00 PM

Steelers placed C Fernando Velasco on injured reserve with an Achilles injury, ending his season.

With Maurkice Pouncey (ACL) also on injured reserve, it's the second starting center the Steelers have lost for the season. Velasco was signed in Week 2 and had been a solid addition prior to going down, but will now head into unrestricted free agency with major questions about his health. The Steelers have also released CB DeMarcus Van Dyke from their active roster and signed OT Rashad Butler and C Eric Olsen in corresponding moves.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Steelers agreed to terms with C Fernando Velasco, formerly of the Titans, on a one-year contract.

Coming off a 16-start 2012 where he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 center, Velasco was easily the best center on the open market, and could immediately slide into Maurkice Pouncey's (ACL) vacated starting role. Kelvin Beachum got thrown around by the Titans following Pouncey's departure on Sunday. It's still a terrible situation for the Steelers, who just can't keep their offensive line healthy.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Titans released C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco was a 16-game starter in 2012, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 center, but the Titans will go with journeyman Rob Turner. They have fourth-rounder Brian Schwenke waiting in the wings. Velasco was set to make $2.023 million. He should draw interest from center-needy teams. Perhaps Denver will give him a call.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:38:00 PM

Titans re-signed restricted free agent C Fernando Velasco to a one-year, $2.023 million contract.

A first-year starter at age 27 last season, Velasco ended up being the lone bright spot along Tennessee's interior line. That shouldn't be the case again in 2013 with Andy Levitre at left guard. Pro Football Focus' No. 11 center in 2012, Velasco will be playing for a long-term contract this season.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:27:00 AM

Titans extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco, 28, provided to be an upgrade on Eugene Amano as Tennessee's starting center in 2012, following Amano's year-ending injury. The Titans could make Velasco play the 2013 season for $2.023 million and lock him up after that.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 03:25:00 PM

The Titans plan to tender an offer to restricted free agent C Fernando Velasco.

Tennessee was reportedly undecided on the topic last weekend. Velasco, 28 tomorrow, graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 center in 2012, and he was one of the lone bright spots on the interior of the line.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 01:48:00 PM

The Titans still haven't decided if they'll tender an offer to restricted free agent C Fernando Velasco.

A career backup prior to 2012, Velasco was a 16-game starter and graded out as a Top-15 center by Pro Football Focus. If non-tendered, he could draw interest from teams as a low-risk signing. The Titans have C Eugene Amano under contract through 2014, but his $3.94 million salary isn't guaranteed.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 09:55:00 PM

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