Who are the free agents that have been allowed to leave?
With all the talk of who the Tennessee Titans have signed and those free agents that are still available, many haven’t paid much attention to the pending free agents that have been allowed to leave by the team. While it may not seem like the Titans have lost any significant pieces, some important 2016 role players are now on different teams. So are some players that won’t be missed much.
Fasano is a rather big loss for the Titans. He was a great run blocker and an integral component in the Titans’ two-tight end offense. The Titans wanted him back, but Fasano was set on reuniting with his former team in Miami. The Titans will likely address the tight end position through the draft, and Phillip Supernaw should take on at least a slightly larger role next season.
While Schwenke didn’t exactly take and run with the starting center job when given the opportunity, he turned into a more-than-capable backup offensive lineman last year. The line didn’t miss a beat whenever he filled in at either center or guard. The Titans will either hope Sebastian Tretola can be that guy next season, or they will draft a guy they believe can take that role. Schwenke bolted for the division rival Indianapolis Colts.
The re-signing of Nate Palmer and addition of Daren Bates was the writing on the wall for Spence. Spence had a solid 2016 season in pass coverage as the Titans’ nickel linebacker. Just 26 years old, I thought Spence should’ve been brought back on a one or two year deal, but the Titans have other plans. A nickel linebacker might be in the draft plans, but new signing Johnathan Cyprien can play some nickel/dime linebacker if Dick LeBeau chooses to go with some versatility. Spence signed with the Colts, just like Schwenke.
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I really hate that Wright didn’t work out in Tennessee. He was a great guy and flashed Pro Bowl potential through his first two years. Injuries and a revolving door of quarterbacks, as well as several coaching changes spelled doom for Wright’s career with the Titans. He hasn’t been able to put it all together, but sometimes a change of teams is all that’s needed. Unfortunately, he’s going to the Chicago Bears who are banking on Mike Glennon being a franchise quarterback.
Warmack was never expected back with the Titans after missing nearly the entire 2016 season and not living up to his draft position throughout his time in Tennessee. He showed flashes in his sophomore season and he’ll compete for a starting job in Philadelphia with the Eagles. Perhaps a change of scenery will finally bring out his potential.
Woods had a miserable 2016 season and was subsequently cut just one year into his newly signed three year deal. Sylvester Williams was signed to take over in his role. 2016 second round pick Austin Johnson will take over even more snaps in Wood’s absence. Woods ALSO went to the Colts, where he’ll join Schwenke and Spence.
Blake has just recently agreed to terms with the New York Giants. His poor coverage ability and tackling will not be missed. Blake was a nice guy, so hopefully he can get it together in the Big Apple.
Players That Haven’t Signed or Re-signed Yet
Daimion Stafford, Rashad Johnson, Antonio Andrews, Marc Mariani, David Bass, Byron Bell