The NFL’s transition and franchise tag deadline officially hit at 3 pm central time today. The Tennessee Titans elected not to use their franchise or transition tag on anyone, most notably, Jonnu Smith.

Besides the Titans’ tag news, some other tag news around the NFL gave us some insight on who the Titans will be able to target in free agency.

The tampering window opens on March 15th, and the NFL new league year officially begins at 3 p.m. central time on March 17th. Here are some of the most notable tag news around the NFL and its relation to the Titans.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin.

This one is notable for the Titans for two reasons. One, it could affect Corey Davis’ signing price, as Mike Herndon explained here.

And my other point Herndon touched on as well. Shaq Barrett could now be available for the Titans if the Buccaneers don’t extend them within the next week.

Barrett, who had eight sacks in 2020 and 43 solo tackles, would be a massive addition to the Tennessee Titans defense.


Another notable pass rusher, except this one won’t be available for the Tennessee Titans.

The New York Giants elected to tag Leonard Williams to give themselves more time to negotiate a long-term deal. This was an expected move, though, so no real heartbreaker here.

The Titans will still have plenty of pass-rushing free agents to choose from.


The Lions elected not to tag pass rusher Romeo Okwara. Okwara had a breakout season in 2020, garnering ten sacks for the Detroit Lions.

Okwara would be a cheaper addition than some of the other big names in free agency. His projected annual salary is at $10.1M, per Spotrac.

The 26-year-old could come in and provide several years of meaningful stats for Tennessee if he isn’t extended in Detroit before free agency.



The Arizona Cardinals opted not to tag Haason Reddick, which means he will hit the open market.

Reddick had 12.5 sacks in 2020. That sack total was a career-high for the 26-year-old linebacker. He has an $11.6M market value according to Spotrac.


The Cincinnati Bengals elected not to tag defensive end, Carl Lawson. Lawson should be someone on the Titans’ radar. Lawson had 5.5 sacks in 2020 and 32 QB hits.

Lawson has an $8.8m market value on Spotrac. If he isn’t retained before free agency opens, the Titans could heavily pursue him.

The fun of the NFL offseason is next. Free Agency is around the corner, and the Tennessee Titans are standing in front of a tree full of talented pass rushers.

It will be interesting to see which one they pick and how he affects the Titans defense in 2021.

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