Tennessee Titans: Upcoming Free Agents & Whether to Re-Sign or Not

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The Tennessee Titans have some tough decisions to make when it comes to re-signing or letting upcoming free agents of their own go.

With free agency looming, serious decisions about the roster will have to be made by Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson. Take a look at the Titans players on expiring contracts. Who should stay and who should be let go? Let’s make the decisions for Robinson!

LB Avery Williamson

The age-old Avery Williamson conundrum persists: Do you re-sign a limited two-down linebacker who is great in the run game but can’t cover anyone, or do you try to replace his run-stopping ability in a cheaper way? If you ask me, personally, I don’t mind Williamson. But his liableness in coverage makes me exceedingly hesitant to sign him to a big deal, which I could see him getting on the open market.

Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign if the price is right, let go if he wants more than $7.5M per year

DL DaQuan Jones

Purely a rotational defensive lineman who did his job capably for three seasons, Jones took the next step in 2017. He combined his stellar run-stopping ability with a pass-rush nuance that hadn’t been unveiled before. Before going down for the season, Jones was on a tear, having racked up 3.5 sacks in his final two games. Jones’ relative lack of production could make him a screaming value if the Titans re-sign him on an affordable contract, which they should try to do.

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Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign

OLB Erik Walden

A late signing after the initial waves of free agency, Walden wasn’t expected to provide much outside of periodic rest for Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. Walden ended up being one of the Titans’ more efficient defensive players, playing the run well and providing a pass rush from time to time. He finished his season with 4.0 sacks despite being a backup aside from two games in which he started for Morgan. The Titans will likely draft a young edge player this offseason, but Walden should be kept around for one or two more years.

Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign

K Ryan Succop

Despite a mediocre season by his standards in 2017, Succop has been one of the most consistent and clutch kickers in the NFL since arriving in Nashville four years ago. This decision should be a no-brainer, especially for Vrabel, who was actually teammates for two seasons with Succop in Kansas City.

Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign and enshrine him into the Titans Hall of Fame

G Josh Kline

After being an extremely pleasant surprise in his first season with the team and getting off to a hot start in 2017, Kline’s play deteriorated from Week 4 on. His inconsistent play, as well as that of others, was a key reason why the Titans’ offensive line never seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Kline is still a decent starter or high-end backup, but his position is one the Titans could look to upgrade this offseason.

Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign on low-end starter/backup level contract

WR Eric Decker

Expected to be one of the more underrated signings of the offseason, Decker dropped way too many passes and went invisible at times in his first season in Nashville. He was hardly the red zone weapon (one touchdown) many expected him to be, though he was the best Titans receiver at times, which isn’t saying much. Heading into this age-31 season, the Titans would be wise to hand over his targets to Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor.

Re-sign or Let Go: Let go

WR Harry Douglas

The fact that Douglas lasted as long as he did with the Titans is a testament to his character and demeanor, as well as the blind loyalty of Mike Mularkey and Terry Robiskie. If Douglas is on this roster in 2018, I will retire from sportswriting.

Re-sign or Let Go: Let go

CB Brice McCain

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McCain was somewhat not terrible in 2016 when the Titans had no talent at cornerback, and in 2017 he was nothing short of a train wreck whenever he stepped onto the field; something he did way too often due to a complete disregard for the defense’s performance by Mularkey and Dick LeBeau.

Re-sign or Let Go: Let go

OL Brian Schwenke

Schwenke was brought back after the Indianapolis Colts cut him right before the season. Schwenke started twice in Quinton Spain’s absence and executed his duties, and he has proven to be a more than capable backup at center and guard.

Re-sign or Let Go: Re-sign

QB Brandon Weeden

Yes, Weeden is still technically on the Titans roster. There was no need to keep him on the team after Marcus Mariota came back from injury, but Weeden must’ve sweet-talked the whole organization into signing more paychecks. No longer will that happen.

Re-sign or Let Go: Let go

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