Tennessee Titans: Five Potential Cap Casualties to Target

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews /
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We take a look at which aging players on expensive contracts the Tennessee Titans could kick the tires on this offseason. 

One of the many variables that people don’t account for when it comes to free agency is cap casualties. These roster cuts consist of more seasoned veterans who usually only have a limited amount of time left in their careers. These are the players Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson should be looking to sprinkle into a young roster with hopes of reaching the upper echelon of the NFL and contending for a championship.

What most teams hope for when it comes to adding these kinds of players is to already have depth in place. It’s typically ideal you get these players on a one- or two-year deal to give your team another dynamic that would potentially help towards taking that next step.

In years past, Robinson has gone after more complementary pieces in free agency, such as WR Rishard Matthews, S Johnathan Cyprien, and C Ben Jones. Robinson has never been the general manager to go after the ‘big name’ guys. Those ‘big name’ free agents typically require massive contracts that this front office has been reluctant to offer to those popular names. That’s why I see it more likely that the team brings in a more well-recognized name who was a cap casualty on a shorter deal, as opposed to those high priced players on expiring contracts.

With Marcus Mariota and Taylor Lewan likely due for very large contracts relatively soon, it would be wise to keep some money free down the line to get those key pieces secured, while also making the necessary moves to help this team win now.