One of the Tennessee Titans’ biggest additions this off-season was wide receiver Adam Humphries.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer elected to rebuff a late offer from the New England Patriots in order to sign with the Titans.
Humphries has said on multiple occasions that he signed with the Titans over the Patriots because he wanted to keep his word to Titans general manager Jon Robinson.
But, as there always is, there was more that went into Humphries’ decision than just wanting to keep his commitment to Tennessee.
Humphries recently admitted to The Athletic’s Travis Haney that Tom Brady’s uncertain future played a role in his decision to sign with the Titans over the Patriots.
The South Carolina native told Haney “Obviously, he’s the G.O.A.T. that’s that simple”, adding “But there’s so much that factors into a decision. It was a four-year deal. Who knows how many (years) he’s got left?”
I think that’s quite telling, considering Marcus Mariota’s future with the Titans is uncertain at best — at least in the eyes of fans/media.
Mariota is entering a contract season and the big debate this off-season has been whether or not the Titans will extend the former Oregon Duck before the 2020 season (or place the franchise tag on him).
It’s possible that Humphries has a bit more clarity on the situation than the rest of us. Perhaps Robinson gave Humphries some insight into the Titans’ future plans at the quarterback position. Or maybe Robinson and Humphries are both huge believers in Mariota’s abilities.
For now, it’s impossible to know what Robinson may or may not have told Humphries. But whatever he told him, it’s clear that Humphries feels better about the future of the Titans’ franchise than he does about the future of a Tom Brady-less (eventually) Patriots franchise.
The Titans are a team on the rise. And it’s not just fans who feel that way. One of the NFL’s top free agents from this past off-season obviously feels the same.
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