Tennessee Titans General Manager Jon Robinson addressed the media today. He discussed a slew of things, including first-round pick Isaiah Wilson and free agent J.J. Watt.
Here is what he had to say.
ISAIAH WILSON’S FUTURE WITH THE TITANS
Jon Robinson fielded a few questions regarding 2020 first-round pick Isaiah Wilson. In all of his answers, none of it gave off a vibe that he is happy with the offensive tackle.
The Titans drafted Wilson to avenge the loss of right tackle Jack Conklin. When drafted, the experts regarded him as a “mauler” and someone who can impose their will in the run game.
However, we saw none of that. Wilson spent most of his rookie season on everything but the field. They put him on the non-football injury list during the season and haven’t spoken to him since.
“We did a lot of work a year ago leading up to selecting him,” Robinson said, “For whatever reason, the player this fall here in Nashville wasn’t the guy that we evaluated. He’s going to have to make a determination if he wants to do everything to play pro football.”
That doesn’t sound like a boss that’s happy with his employee, that’s for sure. We will see if the Titans part ways with Wilson this offseason.
CONTACT WITH J.J. WATT
NFL 2021 Free Agency got a little spiced up when the Houston Texans released star defensive end, J.J. Watt. The Tennessee Titans are all too familiar with the future Hall of Famer.
They have faced him twice a season for his entire ten-year career, and he tends to have his best games versus them.
Now he is available for the taking if the Titans can lure him to Nashville. The pass rush is a big priority this offseason, so contacting Watt should be a no-brainer for Robinson.
The good news, Robinson confirmed they have had contact with Watt.
“We’ve had some contact,” Robinson said, “It’s early in the stages. We obviously know his skill set and what he’s meant to the Texans.”
“We’ll just see how it goes like a lot of these guys that are coming available over the next few weeks.”
SALARY CAP CHALLENGES
If the Tennessee Titans want to sign J.J. Watt, they would have to do some restructuring. The team doesn’t know its official salary cap standing right now, but they will be a little over the cap more than likely.
The Titans have some key guys to re-sign and will need to make a splash in free agency. So, they did not hesitate to get to work to get an early look at their money situation.
“We’ve got several different models that we’ve looked at,” Robinson said, “Once the salary cap number is given to us, it affects the franchise tag numbers and a lot of things.”
The Titans have several key free agents such as Jonnu Smith, Corey Davis, Jayon Brown, Desmond King, and Jadeveon Clowney. They also have a decision to make regarding Rashaan Evans’ fifth-year option.
“We’ve got a little bit of work to do. We will work through it, and at the end of the day, try to do what’s best for the team.”
Robinson said they have not ruled out re-signing any of the current free agents. The salary cap number will determine who they might need to sacrifice.
RE-SIGNING COREY DAVIS OR JONNU SMITH
One of the biggest mysteries for this offseason is whether or not the Tennessee Titans will attempt to retain their wide receiver, Corey Davis.
Corey Davis had himself a career year in 2020, garnering 984 yards and five touchdowns on 65 receptions and helping the Titans’ offense to top-5.
Davis will be a sought-after free agent in March.
Robinson put an end to the mystery and confirmed that Titans would be competitive in retaining him and his teammate, Jonnu Smith.
“I had the same conversation at the end of the season that I had with Jack Conklin a year ago,” Robinson said, “We’re going to be competitive in trying to keep you, but at the end of the day, you’re going to have a decision to make.”
“We can see what we can figure out, but at the end of the day, if they choose to capitalize on free agency and the market, I wish them nothing but the best.”
Former Titans’ first-round pick Jack Conklin opted to sign with the Cleveland Browns last offseason on a three-year, $42 million deal.
Tennessee Titans General Manager Jon Robinson hit on a few other things, noting that pass rush is a priority this offseason and justifying the Shane Bowen hire with “there is a lot that goes into the execution of a play.”
Robinson’s underlining goal this offseason is to capitalize on the Titans’ Super Bowl window, which is currently open but may not be for too much longer.
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