Multiple reports on Tuesday night indicated that linebacker Avery Williamson will sign with the New York Jets instead of re-signing with the Tennessee Titans.
This isn’t a huge surprise. The Titans made Williamson an offer, but it was a low one as they don’t see him as a three-down linebacker (he’s a liability in coverage).
The Titans haven’t been shy about spending money during the early stages of free agency. I’m not sure if that means they’ll continue their big spending and land a big time free agent inside linebacker, or if it means they’ll be restricted in their options to replace Williamson.
General manager Jon Robinson has up to $60 million to spend this off-season. The Titans probably won’t spend all of that, so they can rollover some toward next season. So far, the Titans have spent around $26 million toward the 2018 cap with the signings of Malcom Butler, Dion Lewis, Josh Kline and their tender offer to Quinton Spain.
The Titans’ rookie pool is expected to be around $5 million this season (according to Over the Cap). That means the Titans have about $28 million left to spend in 2018. They still need to add a veteran backup quarterback, and they will probably add some offensive line depth.
It’s still possible they could choose to make a splash signing to fill the void of Williamson, but I imagine all options will be on the table at this point.
Here are five players, both free agents and rookies, that could replace Avery Williamson in 2018.
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