What kicks off the Tennessee Titans top-5 moves of the 2019 offseason?
With Ndamukong Suh signed and no reports about the Tennessee Titans being interested in any other free agents, now is as good of a time as any to recap what the top moves were.
The Titans had one of the busiest offseasons in franchise history, and with a lot of moves to dig into this list go hard to cut down.
After narrowing it down to about 10 options I finally came away with my top-5. So, let’s talk about the 5th best move of the offseason for the Tennessee Titans:
Re-signing safety Kenny Vaccaro to a 4 year, $26 million deal with $11.5 million guaranteed.
First, let’s talk about the player because that is what is most important in any deal. Vaccaro was signed late in the offseason/early in the preseason after Johnathan Cyprien tore his ACL in training camp.
The weird thing is, you would never have guessed that he was new to the defense because he stepped in immediately and played at a near Pro Bowl level.
Tennessee was 3rd in the NFL in points allowed despite getting very little production from the EDGEs, in large part due to the communication and versatility that Vaccaro brought the the back end of that defense.
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When Vaccaro was out the team and the defense suffered. The Titans went 0-3, their only three-loss stretch of the season. They lost the games vs the Buffalo Bills and the L.A. Chargers by a combined two points.
Give all the credit in the world to Jon Robinson who has become an exponentially more patient GM in just a year’s time. Instead of tagging Kenny Vaccaro or giving him a deal so strong that he didn’t test free agency, he sat back and stuck to his guns on a price.
That price was $6 million per year, which may have seemed expensive 10 years or so ago. However, getting a safety for that now is incredible especially one of his caliber. Check out the list of safeties making more per year than Vaccaro:
–Devin McCourty (32 years old)
–Tashaun Gipson (after being cut by Jacksonville)
The Titans and Vaccaro are now linked for the next four years until he is 31. If they can keep him and Kevin Byard on that defense for the next four years it is going to make life a lot easier after they have to transition from Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan who will be 33 and 32 respectively at that point if they are both still on the roster.
Considering what he means to this defense and the cheap cost of the signing, it was easily one of the best moves of the offseason for the Titans.