Evaluating the Future Each Contract Year Player Has With the Tennessee Titans
By Max Dambach
Locks to Be Re-Signed
These are the players that I feel must be brought back in 2019 and would be very surprised to see hit the free agent market next offseason.
LT Taylor Lewan: Lewan has consistently been one of the league’s top-performing left tackles. Now in his prime, Lewan provides the Titans with a strong, vocal leader who could be considered by some as the face of the franchise. Lewan has recently been holding out in hopes of earning a contract extension. This is as easy as it gets for Jon Robinson. Lewan must be re-signed, and I expect him to receive an extension before the 2018 season begins.
TE Delanie Walker: For many years, Walker has been the most (or only) reliable weapon on the Titans offense. Now, aging as gracefully as any player in the league, Walker still belongs among the upper echelon of TEs in the NFL. Walker still has a ton of value to the Titans, even after they drafted Jonnu Smith to eventually replace him. Furthermore, the veteran TE will likely be motivated to stay in Nashville at this stage of his career and his age will prevent his cap hit from becoming untenable for the Titans. This move makes sense for everyone involved and allows Tennessee to keep their best TE since Frank Wycheck in Nashville for a few more years.
SS Brynden Trawick: Trawick, in his first season with the Tennessee Titans, has proved to be one of the team’s best free agency pickups in recent years. Signed as primarily a special teams ace after a short stint with the Oakland Raiders, Trawick was a special teams standout for Tennessee and even made his first-ever Pro Bowl in 2017. Top notch special teams players are harder to find and more valuable than many people realize. Trawick’s high level of play and relatively low price tag will make him a priority player to re-sign next offseason.