We are six days away from the NFL new league year. That means NFL free agency will be in full swing for the Tennessee Titans in less than a week.
The Tennessee Titans have about $16.7M in cap space, according to Spotrac and Over the Cap.
The Titans have put themselves in a better cap space situation by cutting ties with defensive backs Malcolm Butler and Kenny Vaccaro and wide receiver Adam Humphries.
They have other options as well. They could restructure some deals or make some more cuts. In the end, the Titans should be sitting on enough cap space on March 17th to make some moves.
Here are my predictions of what the Titans will do.
The Tennessee Titans have a handful of quality options to re-sign. Tight end Jonnu Smith, wide receiver Corey Davis, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, linebacker Jayon Brown, and defensive back Desmond King are among the long list of free agents.
Here is who I think will be re-signed.
WR COREY DAVIS
As the Titans continue to clear up cap space, it seems more and more like this will happen. Davis has a market value of $9.8M. The Titans might be able to afford that and somehow avoid taking that kind of hit in 2021.
TE ANTHONY FIRKSER
With the potential loss of Jonnu Smith, it might become imperative for Tennessee to keep Firkser around. Firkser provided a spark for the offense at times and was often an unsung hero. If the Titans replace Jonnu with a tight end in free agency or the draft, Firkser could still be a solid depth piece.
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Free agency in 2021 is becoming a lot more interesting every day. With the NFL announcing the salary cap at around $182.5M, NFL general managers have to navigate an unusual offseason impacted by a global pandemic.
NFL salary cap this season will be $182.5 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2021
It’s been a blood bath in NFL in terms of cuts. So a lot of free agents are available for the taking. Here are some I believe the Titans will entertain.
All pass rushers involved are either/or options if one can’t be signed. I do not believe the Titans will sign all three.
The Tennessee Titans will be looking for an edge rusher, and Bud Dupree could be their “shoot for the stars” target. His market value of $18.2M is a little steep, but if Jon Robinson can structure it so the Titans aren’t taking a big 2021 hit, it could be well worth it.
If the Titans can’t get as expensive as Dupree, then Okwara may be a better, cheaper option. Okwara hasn’t been consistently eye-opening in the sack department, though. He had 7.5 sacks in 2018 and ten in 2020. Otherwise, his highest is 1.5.
He has had double-digit quarterback hits in the last three seasons, though. His market value is at $10.2M on Spotrac.
If the Titans can’t sign Dupree or Okwara, then Lawson is another guy who could find himself in two-toned blue. Lawson hasn’t had a double-digit sack season, and that’s not very flattering for a team that needs one.
However, the potential is there. Lawson had 32 QB hits in 2020. If the Titans believe Mike Vrabel and Shane Bowen can turn some of those hits into sacks and turn him into a double-digit sack guy, Lawson would be a good fit with a market value of $8.8M.
LB KYLE VAN NOY
The Miami Dolphins just released van Noy. With the Titans likely losing Jayon Brown in free agency, they could use a veteran replacement. An interesting tidbit is Van Noy did play for the New England Patriots for three seasons. We know the Titans love the Patriots ties.
Jon Robinson will have to play some salary cap gymnastics to get the Tennessee Titans ready for another run in the 2021 season.
After some heartbreaking departures, we will see where Robinson decides to use the extra cap space.
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