NASHVILLE — Ryan Tannehill has had several top tier options at wide receiver since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans (8-4). Now, with Adam Humphries heading to IR, the team has an opportunity to add former Tannehill teammate Kenny Stills.
Or at least think about it, if nothing else.
The Houston Texans (4-8) released Stills in a mutual parting of ways on Nov. 27. The former Dolphin was traded to Houston in August 2019 as a part of a package that saw the Texans acquire left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a 2021 6th round pick and 2020 4th round pick. In exchange former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien sent corner Johnson Bademosi, tackle Julie’n Davenport, a 2021 1st round pick, a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2020 1st round pick to Miami.
Stills was in the final season of a four-year, $32 million deal and cleared waivers on Nov.30.
Stills was in Miami with Tannehill from 2015-2018. The two were productive together combining for 1,719 yards and 18 passing touchdowns (Tannehill tore his ACL in the summer of 2017 and missed the entire season).
“I have a ton of history with Kenny (Stills),” Tannehill said Monday. “Enjoyed playing with him. Obviously, I’ll let Jon (Robinson) and Coach (Mike) Vrabel make those decisions but I loved playing with Kenny and, you know, if the opportunity arose, would love to again.”
Tennessee would be wise to add veteran depth at wide receiver if Humphries misses substantial time.
There have been no indications that Robinson will pursue the wide receiver outside of doing due diligence. The Titans have two hugely talented wide outs in Corey Davis and A.J. Brown that can more than float them. They like Cameron Batson as a slot option without Humphries in the mix.
COVID looms large, though, and the injury rate is 100%.
The signing process has become arduous and time-consuming with the protocols that have been implemented due to the global pandemic. NFL free agents and players acquired from other teams are required to go through an entry testing period that begins “upon arrival in the club city, even if they arrived in the new club city after the club’s daily PCR testing window has already closed,” according to a memo put out by the league. The on-boarding process takes a six-day time period as of now.
A new wide receiver signing would not be for Sunday, it would be to protect against incident or injury for the rest of the year.
If Tennessee wants to keep their hugely effective offense rolling, they could do worse than bringing in a known commodity like Stills.
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