The Tennessee Titans have a lot of work to do this offseason in order to compete. The team is coming off an 0-6 start and needs help on both sides of the ball, particularly at wide receiver. Here are four prospects that could provide just what they need for next season
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When Derrick Henry went down with a foot injury for the last 10 weeks of the regular season, the Tennessee Titans surprised everyone by going 12-5 and claiming the AFC’s top spot.
Despite Henry’s return to the NFL Playoffs in the Divisional Round against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team’s regular-season triumph was washed away in three depressing hours at home.
With a walk-off 19-16 win to advance to the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals continued their red-hot run through the conference, leaving the Titans to pick up the pieces and begin, what they perceive to be, premature game planning for the 2022 offseason.
The most pressing offseason concerns
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Even with Henry back, the Titans’ offense has a lot of problems, which were all exposed against the Bengals in the Divisional Round. Even with Henry on track for a 2,000-yard season before his injury, the offensive line’s ability to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill remained a cause of worry. Tannehill also had to deal with a group of wide receivers who were either injured or unreliable when he did have the chance to pass.
Going into the summer, Tennessee will have roughly $7.3 million in cap space. The Titans have a number of cut possibilities that would free up contract space, but will they be willing to release senior players who have made significant contributions?
The most important free-agency choices
Harold Landry (EDGE), Rashaan Evans (LB), Ben Jones (C), Jayon Brown (LB), Randy Bullock are all key free agents (K)
The Titans’ most intriguing choice before beginning to plan their free-agent approach is what to do with left tackle Taylor Lewan. Even with the Titans seeking to shore up their offensive line, the veteran lineman is a solid bet to be released because of the salary relief he provides ($1.79 million dead cap value in 2022). He may have played his last game with the Titans after an injury-plagued 2021.
Julio Jones, who underperformed in his debut season in Tennessee and offers $1.11 million in cap savings, is a similar case.
Linebacker Harold Landry, who had 11 sacks in the regular season but whose rookie contract expires, is the most likely unrestricted free agent to depart, setting him up for a payday that may be too large for the Titans’ plans, especially with the offensive line and wide receiver positions being top priorities.
Needs and probable targets for the NFL Draft in 2022
CB, WR, LB, EDGE, and TE are all needed in the draft.
The Titans have a first- and third-round selection in the 2022 NFL Crop, and with the wide receiver depth in this year’s draft being excellent, there’s a good chance they utilize the first-round choice on a wide receiver to give a consistent complement to A.J. Brown, something Jones was unable to achieve in 2021.
Treylon Burks of Arkansas is a receiver who has shown up on a number of mock draft boards as a candidate for the Titans’ first-round choice in the bottom quadrant. Drake London of USC and Jahan Dotson of Penn State are two more receivers with potential who are likely to be available.
In 2022, one player on either side of the ball must step up.
If the Titans elect to retain Jones instead of taking the $1.1 million in cap savings he would provide, Jones will have to start delivering on a regular basis to keep defenses honest with Brown.
More importantly, he must remain in the starting lineup. With a hamstring injury, Jones missed six of the Titans’ first 12 games.
On defense, linebacker Zach Cunningham, who was acquired off waivers from the Houston Texans, gave the Titans a major lift down the stretch. Cunningham led the AFC in tackles in 2019 and the NFL in tackles last season. The Titans may have found a genuine gem in the rough if he can give them a complete season of what he gave them in the latter weeks of the 2021 season.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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