The Tennessee Titans’ top two draft picks, linebacker Rashaan Evans and edge rusher Harold Landry, are the only players from the team’s draft haul this year that currently remain unsigned.
Tennessee has come to terms with 22 undrafted free agents. They’ve also signed defensive back Dane Cruikshank (fifth round selection) and quarterback Luke Falk (sixth round).
Evans and Landry, despite the fact that they haven’t signed yet, will both participate in the Titans’ rookie mini camp that gets underway this weekend.
#Titans‘ 1st-round pick Rashaan Evans & 2nd-round pick Harold Landry remain unsigned, but are participating in rookie minicamp.
— Jason Wolf (@JasonWolf) May 11, 2018
It’s typical for early round draft picks to remain unsigned at this juncture of the off-season.
Last season, the Titans didn’t sign wide receiver Corey Davis, the fifth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, until late July.
Tennessee signed cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, the 18th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, in late May.
Rookie contracts aren’t nearly as complicated as they used to be. We typically don’t see holdouts anymore thanks to the way the salary cap works with draft slots.
Evans is projected by Forbes to get a contract worth $11.7 million over four years with a fifth year option (all first round picks receive a four year deal with a fifth year option).
Prior to the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, players drafted in the same slot as Evans received about $4 million more than what Forbes is projecting for the former Alabama standout.
I wouldn’t be surprised if both of the Titans’ remaining draft selections, since they weren’t high picks (like Davis last year), are inked to contracts by the time the calendar flips to June.
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