The Tennessee Titans made a big splash in free agency by signing wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four year deal worth $36 million.
But the deal, which was agreed to during the legal tampering period (the two days before free agency officially begins) had a reasonable chance of not happening.
That’s because the New England Patriots swooped in on Tuesday and offered Humphries a contract with a higher annual average value and more guaranteed money.
Humphries, however, stayed true to his word and stuck with the Titans and their original agreement.
On Adam Humphries, I’m told the Patriots raised their offer Tuesday afternoon with higher APY and guarantees than the Titans. Humphries never wavered, however, and remained committed to the Titans. He’s signing with Tennessee.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 14, 2019
I’m not surprised at all that the Patriots came hard after Humphries, who had a breakout season in 2018 with 76 receptions for 816 yards. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer is a speedy slot receiver who has a knack for getting open — he’s essentially the type of wide receiver the Patriots salivate over.
Humphries will be a tremendous weapon for Marcus Mariota, who is entering a contract season. The Titans quarterback needs a reliable wide receiver who is able to efficiently find holes in coverage. Humphries is that kind of player.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 13, 2019
As for the decision to stick with the Titans? I think it shows that Humphries is a high character guy who is absolutely getting off to the right start with Tennessee.
Humphries is set to be a fan favorite in Nashville before he’s even played a down.
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