Tennessee Titans: End of Week Notes and Links
Bringing you the best bits of news or information about the Tennessee Titans that have circulated around the internet during the week.
It’s been a little while since we brought you the end of week notes and links article, but we’ve been swamped in free agency news. The Tennessee Titans have made some moves, and it looks like the draft is the main focus right now with the free agency pool drying up a bit. Let’s check in on what’s been happening in the Titans universe lately.
- Quinton Spain, Tajae Sharpe, and Kevin Byard made some extra money for being better than expected in 2016
- The numbers for Sylvester Williams’ contract are in and they’re not great
- Mike Mularkey and Jon Robinson were both at Clemson’s Pro Day
- Sometimes the best news comes from another team’s ineptitude
- If you haven’t yet, listen to Jonathan Allen’s great interview with Midday180
- Purdue’s Deangelo Yancey is set to visit and work out for the Titans
Congrats to Spain, Sharpe, and Byard! They all deserved those bonuses, especially considering how important they were in getting the Titans to a 9-7 finish. Going into 2017, Spain will continue to be an integral part of one of the best offensive lines in football, Sharpe will likely continue to be an important component of the receiving corps, and Byard is primed for a breakout season as a starter. Let’s hope those bonuses keep coming after next season.
We can argue all we want about free agency and whatnot, but the contract numbers for Williams are too steep. Williams will make $7M in 2017 (just $1M less than Dontari Poe, who’s much better) and has base salaries of $5M and $5.5M the following two years. Williams has perennially underachieved since coming into the league. Maybe Dick LeBeau can get him to put it all together, but this seems like an unnecessary risk at that price point.
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Robinson and Mularkey were at Clemson’s Pro Day, presumably to check out Mike Williams (and maybe Artavis Scott). Williams ran 4.53 and 4.51 forty-yard dashes, but struggled with some drops. While I don’t love Williams, there’s a perception out there about him that he isn’t worthy of being a first round pick. I think the hate has gone a bit too far, and I wouldn’t mind if he’s the pick at No. 18. Of course, I’d still much rather have Corey Davis.
The Houston Texans are comfortable with Tom Savage as their starting quarterback. Thank you, Bill O’Brien.
That Jonathan Allen interview is spectacular. If it doesn’t make you want Allen on the Titans, then nothing will. He’s well spoken and humble, and he’s also a hell of a football player with great career production. He’s a Jon Robinson prototype if I’ve ever seen one.
Yancey surprisingly didn’t get an invite to the combine, so the Titans bringing him in for a visit isn’t surprising at all. He’s an underrated prospect and would be a solid mid-round pick for the Titans. This should assure fans that wide receiver will be a point of focus for the Titans in the draft.