Tee Martin’s time as the Tennessee Vols’ wide receivers coach could be coming to an end.

Martin’s contract is set to expire in the coming months and there’s been rumblings that he won’t return to Tennessee.

The thought is that Martin would hope to land a gig as an offensive coordinator.

If this ends up being the case, it will mean that Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt has yet another assistant coach position to replace this offseason (UT currently needs an offensive line coach and a defensive line coach).

Here are three options to replace Martin.

Montario Hardesty – Charlotte wide receivers coach

This is the most obvious choice and one I mentioned recently. Hardesty played at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer and Lane Kiffin. He also served as a graduate assistant under Pruitt. It would make a lot of sense for him to return to his alma mater to replace Martin.

DJ Mangas — Carolina Panthers offensive assistant

This is the guy that Pruitt needs to get on his staff in some capacity. Mangas is the right-hand man to Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady (you know, the guy largely responsible for LSU’s incredible 2019 offensive outbreak). Mangas would be a perfect fit on Tennessee’s staff as a wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator. This is the type of hire that could change Pruitt’s trajectory as a head coach. Just ask Ed Orgeron.

Christian Jones — Minnesota Vikings offensive assistant

I always like including at least one name that’s kind of off-the-radar. I think Christian Jones is an unknown name that could have success at Tennessee. He’s a former collegiate wide receiver at Northwestern and he’s had coaching stops at his alma mater, Texas and now in the NFL with Minnesota. I think Jones would be a good teacher/developer, which is something the Vols desperately need. He’s also fairly young, which should help his efforts on the recruiting trail.

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