Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson continued his aggressive approach to constructing a perennial playoff team in Nashville by making some big moves in free agency.
So far this off-season, the Titans have added wide receiver Adam Humphries, edge rusher Cameron Wake, guard Roger Saffold and backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill (via a trade and a restructured contract). They also re-signed safety Kenny Vaccaro, an important piece of Tennessee’s defense.
How do the Titans’ off-season moves compare to the rest of the NFL’s?
According to Pro Football Focus, who used a baseball-like metric known as WAR, the Titans are the biggest free agency winner to this point in the off-season.
Here’s what PFF said about the Titans’ off-season acquisitions:
The Titans won the first week of free agency by simply shedding themselves of Blaine Gabbert‘s contract and services. As frankly put as it can be, Gabbert has cost his team multiple victories since 2016 and while their addition of QB Ryan Tannehill doesn’t do much from them per PFF Grades (Gabbert was the only quarterback with a lower PFF overall grade than Tannehill last year, min. 100 dropbacks), it’s Tannehill’s safe nature and propensity to do enough to keep his team in the game that serves as the bigger upgrade here. Tannehill hovered around at -0.2-ish WAR in 2018, so his acquisition to back up Marcus Mariota puts Tennessee in a much better position should the team need to turn to the bench once again given Mariota’s injury history.
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Robinson went out and did, essentially, exactly what needed to be done to make the Titans better.
Tennessee needed a reliable target for Mariota. They needed to bolster their interior offensive line and they needed a veteran edge rusher. Robinson made it all happen.
The Titans still have some holes left to fill (outside wide receiver and maybe another defensive lineman to pair to Jurrell Casey), but there’s no doubt they’re a better team than they were a few weeks ago.
For the most part, I think Titans fans would be hard pressed to find any fault with what Robinson and the Tennessee front office has managed to accomplish this off-season.
By the way, here’s PFF’s top five winners in free agency and bottom five:
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