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Tennessee Titans cutting ties to make room for new contracts

  • 2020 NFL Free Agency
  • Cam Wake
  • Dion Lewis
  • Jon Robinson
  • Tennessee Titans
By Tyler Kuppler March 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The Tennessee Titans are working hard to free up cap space by cutting multiple players just before the start of free agency.

The start to 2020 offseason has been an absolute slog. Hardly any major NFL moves have been made pre-free agency period. There has been surprisingly little drama, other than where will that one quarterback sign. The NFL combine has passed without any major controversies, although it looks like Tua Tagovailoa is going to be healthier much quicker than anticipated. Not soon enough to dethrone Joe Burrow as a potential number one overall pick. The Tennessee Titans had been quiet so far this offseason up until Thursday afternoon.

What has transpired within the last 24 hours, you can no longer say Tennessee is setting on their hands. Titans general manager Jon Robinson has made four cuts in increasing the salary cap. The Titans are gearing up to spend some serious money either retaining their players or going after free agents.

Tennessee Titans cut four players

The first move Thursday was to be expected. The Tennessee Titans cut ties with backup/3rd down, running back Dion Lewis. This move saves the Titans roughly 4 million in cap space while leaving a dead-money hit of just $1.125 million against the cap.

Cutting Lewis ends the frustrating stint in Tennessee, which saw Lewis fail to live up to the lofty goals placed on him when he signed with Tennessee for four years $19 million in 2018 offseason. Lewis was just another player in a long line of New England Patriots to fail to meet their former Patriot production.

The second cap saving move was less expected, as the Tennessee Titans released veteran defensive end, Cameron Wake, after just one season in Nashville. He still had two years left on his deal signed in the 2019 offseason. Releasing Wake frees up $5.6 million with a dead cap hit of $2.6 million.

The third cap casualty was kicker Ryan Succop on Friday. Who up until the 2019 season, was a consistent leg for six seasons in Tennessee. Succop will forever be remembered for his “Standing on the Arrowhead in Arrowhead” game-winning kick. Succop’s release is smaller than the other two players saving $2 million in cap space.

Then on Friday afternoon, the bombshell dropped. Tennessee Titans released tight end, Delanie Walker. Walker is arguably responsible for helping turn the Titans team around, bringing the Titans out of the perpetual cellar they had been mired in for the better part of a decade. Walker will end his Titans tenure holding nearly every tight end receiving mark in team history. Walker being cut saves $6.4 million with a $1.6 million cap hit. It’s a sad day in Titanland.

Potential Cuts even though unlikely:

DaQuan Jones – Saves $7 million – dead cap hit $1.3 million

Malcolm Butler – Saves $7.3 million – dead cap hit $6 million

DaQuan Jones and Malcolm Butler are highly unlikely to be cut. There haven’t been any rumors about potential cuts with these guys. It is simply connecting the dots if Jon Robinson chooses to cut any other players. On the off chance, Jon Robinson cut all four players. It would open up $22.7 million in cap space. All cap references are from Over The Cap.com

After four key roster cuts, Jon Robinson has $65.1 million in cap space to work with. Robinson has three days to strike deals with his own players before they officially hit the free-agent pool. With the cap cleared on Thursday and Friday, there is an avenue opening up to where Robinson may very well resign both Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. If this is the case, and both players are retained. Jack Conklin, more than likely, would receive the franchise tag.

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