The Tennessee Titans have spent some money this off-season.
General manager Jon Robinson aggressively addressed some of the team’s biggest positions of need by signing Roger Saffold (guard), Adam Humphries (wide receiver), Cameron Wake (edge) and Kenny Vaccaro (re-signed, safety).
Tennessee also added Ryan Tannehill, via trade, to back up starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.
While it might seem like the Titans added a lot of salary this off-season, they managed to create some salary relief as well. Tennessee released Josh Kline, Johnathan Cyprien and Blaine Gabbert. And the Miami Dolphins are paying $5 million of the $7 million that’s guaranteed to Tannehill.
So how much cap space do the Titans have at the moment?
According to 247Sports’ Allan Bell, the Titans have just over $31 million as of March 20.
As of March 20th, the Tennessee Titans have $31,189,139 in cap room.
They have 67 players currently under contract.
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) March 20, 2019
Now, this doesn’t mean the Titans are going to spend an additional $31 million this off-season. They’d be wise to carry over as much cap space as possible. Kevin Byard will almost certainly receive a lucrative contract extension. And the team still has to make a decision on Marcus Mariota and Jack Conklin (Tennessee has until May 2 to decide whether or not they’ll pick up Conklin’s fifth year option for 2020).
The Titans will also want to make sure they have some flexibility for additional improvements in the coming off-seasons.
But at the same time, they still have the freedom to make some more additions to their roster if they choose.
(It’s worth noting that Tennessee’s projected draft pool cap is $5.8 million, according to Spotrac.)
Obviously some fans would love to see the Titans add Justin Houston or Ndamunkong Suh, but that’s probably not a realistic wish at this point.
However, the Titans could possibly choose to add a veteran wide receiver and address the defensive line in the draft. Jordy Nelson and Chris Hogan are two reliable veterans that are still available and probably wouldn’t cost a fortune. Mike Wallace is another free agent option (and he could play on the outside, which is what the Titans really need).
Tennessee has some wiggle room to be creative. And they could also create some more cap space by choosing to move on from some players on the roster (though I don’t think any “shocking” cuts are on the horizon).
Either way, fans can be assured that Robinson is constantly monitoring the market to figure out any way possible to improve the Titans’ playoff chances in 2019 and beyond.
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