The Tennessee Titans have a couple of key players that are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents after the 2019 season.

One of those players is safety Kevin Byard, who was recently ranked by USA Today as the top safety in the NFL.

Byard, a third round pick by the Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft, has become an integral part of Tennessee’s defense over the last two years. It’s almost a certainty that Titans general manager Jon Robinson will find a way to keep the dynamic defensive back in Nashville. That could mean a contract extension (which could happen at any time) or it could mean that Byard receives the franchise tag prior to the 2020 season.

For now, it sounds like Byard and his agents are having ongoing dialogue with the Titans.

Byard spoke to reporters after Titans OTA’s on Tuesday and briefly discussed his contract situation. The former Middle Tennessee standout said he felt he’s done everything the Titans have asked him to do by showing up every day and “doing what he’s suppose to do”. Byard mentioned that he hopes he’s “rewarded” by the franchise for being a leader and continuing to work hard.

Byard hasn’t threatened to hold out if his contract situation isn’t resolved before the season. But it’s obvious that Tennessee wants to lock down Byard as quickly as possible.

That’s a smart move on the Titans’ part. Top tier defensive backs are hard to find. Tennessee doesn’t need to let Byard get anywhere close to free agency.

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