Jayon Brown is staying with the Tennessee Titans.
The speedy linebacker will sign a one-year, $5.25 million contract to remain in Tennessee, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero’s report added that Brown, who was an unrestricted free agent, did receive offers from other teams, but chose the Titans’ offer so that he could “return to the Titans’ revamped defense and reset his budding market prior to his elbow injury last season.”
LB Jayon Brown returning to the #Titans on a 1-year deal worth $5.25M, per source. Turned down other offers to return to revamped Titans D and reset his budding market prior to his elbow injury last season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2021
This is a move that definitely works in the Titans’ favor.
For starters, Brown’s new contract will be extraordinarily team-friendly.
$5.25 million is a bargain compared to what Brown was expected to get in free agency. For comparison, Bills LB Matt Milano, a very similar player to Brown, signed a four-year extension worth $41.5 million on Thursday.
The Titans have very limited cap space, so getting Brown back on a deal as affordable as this one is a major positive.
Brown’s return is also good news for the Titans because of how many roster holes the team has, particularly on defense.
In a string of roster moves to increase salary cap space, the Titans created several big holes on their roster that will have to be addressed before the 2021 season begins.
Inside linebacker was previously thought to be one of those holes. Now, though, it looks like the Titans may be able to spend their resources on other positions.
Brown will reunite with Rashaan Evans and David Long Jr. to form the Titans’ primary trio of inside linebackers. Free-agent LB Will Compton, who did some nice things for the Titans as a backup in 2020, is also an option to return.
If the Titans are content with the Evans, Brown and Long trio, which they very well may be, they will be able to spend their remaining cap space and draft picks on other areas.
Brown’s 2020 season was uncharacteristically underwhelming, as was the case for most players on the Titans’ defense. He’ll get the chance to reverse course with the Titans in 2021.
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