Titans Free Agency

Titans Wild Start to Free Agency Leaves Questions… And Answers

  • 2021 nfl free agency
  • 2021 NFL Offseason
  • Adoree Jackson
  • Bud Dupree
  • Corey Davis
  • Denico Autry
  • Dennis Kelly
  • Free Agency
  • Free Agents
  • Janoris Jenkins
  • Jonnu Smith
  • Kendall Lamm
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By Yossi Khebzou March 17, 2021 0 Comment
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The Tennessee Titans have been very involved in free agency this offseason, both in arrivals and departures. After the legal tampering period began on Monday, surprises weren’t hard to come by. It has been chaotic, so let’s break it down:

Key Free Agency Departures

Almost immediately after the legal tampering period, TE Jonnu Smith signed a mega-deal with the New England Patriots, while WR Corey Davis left for the Big Apple to play with the New York Jets. While expected, their departures leave big-holes to fill, as they were regular starters in one of the most prolific offenses in the league.

More surprisingly, the Titans announced that they were releasing OT Dennis Kelly and CB Adoree Jackson, both critical contributors over the past few years. The news, which left most Titans fans in a state of astonishment, save the Titans $13.6-million in cap space for 2021. Now that the money is available, we might see a significant move by the Titans in the coming days. Stay tuned.

New Free Agent Arrivals

If GM Jon Robinson is trying to send a message, it may be the following: the 2020 season’s defensive woes were a personnel problem. Shortly after the legal tampering period began, the Titans began revamping their defense by locking up DL Denico Autry and EDGE Bud Dupree.

Autry, who signed for three years and 21.5M dollars, is as versatile as they get. Lining all over the Colts DL last year, he constantly got pressure and was an excellent run defender. Meanwhile, Dupree signed for five years and $85 million but let’s not get carried away with the figures. Only $35M is guaranteed. Dupree was one of the prime EDGEs on the market, and while he comes with some risks, he is an elite athlete who can hustle his way into opposing backfields.

Many may like or not like the deals, but the bottom line is that Autry and Dupree are evident upgrades over and Tuzar Skipper. The Titans front seven got better.

After releasing Jackson, GM Jon Robinson was quick to sign CB Janoris Jenkins. Jackrabbit, whose deal has not yet been disclosed, excels with his physicality on man-coverage schemes. It’s hard to imagine a better fit in Bowen’s defense, but he’s 32 years old. Jenkins is not a long-term solution in the secondary, but he is a good band-aid. We may be seeing the Titans draft a CB early in April.

Moreover, the Titans signed OT Kendall Lamm. The former Cleveland Brown didn’t play a significant amount of snaps last season, but he was serviceable when he stepped into the field. Initially, it looked like GM Jon Robinson made the signing to replace Ty Sambrailo, but now it seems like he might be Dennis Kelly’s replacement.

Titans Free Agency: Questions and Answers

Just a year ago, the Titans were a half of football away from playing in the Super Bowl. Now, a high number of starters on that team is no longer in Nashville. That begs the question: is the Titans Super Bowl window still open? Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel seem to think so. Rarely do we see a team being this aggressive in the offseason. The money they have committed on defense indicates that they want to fix that unit as soon as possible. On offense, they’re keeping the core of Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, and AJ Brown. We’ll see how they handle Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith’s loss to get back into contention.

Only time will tell if Jon Robinson is making the correct bets this offseason. Anyway, it’s refreshing to see this organization act as decisively as they are right now. Years of passivity have cost the Titans a chance to go over the hump. A mini shake-up this offseason could make or break their aim for bigger horizons.

The Tennessee Titans are living interesting times. Stay tuned, and make sure to listen to The Titans Brawl Podcast. Sam Hicks, Sal Manfredi, and Nick Lombardi will be discussing the team’s latest moves.

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Titans fan. Mathematician and Mechathronical Engineer in progress. A host of Batalla de Titanes and Los Tiempos de Canton. Writing for Enlace Judío, El Informal, and The Brawl Network.


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