After two days of free agency, the Tennessee Titans have bolstered their secondary and gotten some needed special teams help.
Let’s not lie to ourselves, we were expecting the Tennessee Titans to make a splash in free agency. They were coming in with over $60M in cap space and it was expected that they would spend some dough, at least for wide receiver help. So far, that hasn’t happened and the top wide receivers are off the market. Even the middle tier receiver market is thin. The Titans have addressed the two biggest weaknesses on the team, though: the defensive backfield and special teams. We’ll see what they do as free agency continues.
Contract: 3 years, $30M
It took until nearly the wee ours of the night, but the Titans made a splash late into the first day of free agency by inking Ryan. A Jon Robinson favorite (he drafted him in New England), Ryan isn’t quite a shutdown cornerback, but he’s a hell of a cover guy and is one of the best tackling corners in the league. Ryan immediately provides a consistent cornerback option for Dick LeBeau. With Cyprien and Ryan in tow, the revamping of the Titans secondary is in full swing.
Contract: 4 years, $25M
The former Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety will form a nice complementary pairing with Kevin Byard. Cyprien was Pro Football Focus’ second ranked safety in this free agent class (ahead of Eric Berry and slightly behind Tony Jefferson) and is a fierce run stopper from the safety position. His signing will, presumably, allow Byard to play a center field safety role, a position where his ballhawking skill will be put to great use.
Contract: 3 years, $6M
Formerly of the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, Bates was a special teams captain at one point and should greatly help a poor special teams unit that has struggled for years.
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Contract: 2 years, $4.75M
Another of the Oakland Raiders’ special teams unit, Trawick gives the TItans two core special teamers with their first three free agent signings. The Titans realized their main weakness and shored it up quickly. Trawick will also provide for nice depth at the safety position.
Many in Atlanta are not big fans of Weems, but he can’t be worse than Marc Mariani was last year. The Titans needed to make a change at returner. Even if Weems is just used for special teams, he’ll still make a big impact in that aspect. If he’s our primary returner, then that’s a bonus.
Contract: 3-year deal, figure N/A
After missing out on Brandon Williams, the Titans settled for Sylvester. “Sly” graded very poorly last season, according to PFF, especially in run defense. We’ll hope that a scene change will bring out the potential that made him a first round pick back in 2013.
Contract: 2 years, figure N/A
Klug is a fan favorite, and for good reason. He consistently gets pressure on quarterbacks in his limited snaps and is one of the most effective pass rushers in the league. He was a no-brainer re-signing, even if he’s coming off an achilles injury.
Contract: 2 years, figure N/A
A decent backup linebacker and special teams player, Palmer is a cheap and efficient re-signing.
Contract: multi-year deal, figure N/A
With Anthony Fasano bolting back to Miami, Supernaw became a priority for the Titans. Supernaw shouldn’t be anything more than a No. 3 tight end, with a rookie tight end likely to be introduced after the draft.