Has Cameron Wake played his last game for the Tennessee Titans?
After being placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, there’s a chance outside linebacker Cameron Wake has played his last game for the Tennessee Titans.
Wake was signed to a three-year, $23 million contract during this past offseason, with $10.75 million in guarantees.
After getting off to a promising start with 2.5 sacks in the Week 1 win against the Cleveland Browns, Wake hadn’t notched a sack since then and played in nine of 11 games. The 2.5 sacks were the lowest total of his career.
Of course, sacks are an important stat for any pass-rusher, but it is not the only measurement to be taken into consideration when determining if a player is a success or failure in that area.
According to John Glennon of The Athletic, Wake posted a team-best PFF pass-rush grade of 77.1 and was second in QB hurries with 20. Wake’s 11 QB hits was tops on the team in 2019, also. He did all of this on limited snaps.
So, while Wake’s time with the Titans wasn’t a failure by any stretch, I’m not sure he made enough of an impact to be brought back next season when you consider the players the Titans have to re-sign during the offseason.
Wake will be 38 when the 2020 season begins and the Titans have a slew of important free agents to deal with, namely right tackle Jack Conklin, running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
If the Titans want to let Wake go, it won’t cost too much. There’s a potential out in his contract for next season that will cost $2.6 million in dead cap, which would be an immediate savings of a little under $6 million.
If the Titans decide to keep Wake, he’ll cost them $8.5 million in 2020 and $9 million in 2021. Wake’s dead cap number in 2021 is roughly $1.3 million.
Based on his age and injury issues this season, Wake is not a lock to be brought back next season. And, hopefully one of the team’s younger pass-rushers can step up in his absence to make the decision easier.