Titans set to get huge boost with NFL salary cap projected to increase in 2020

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Safety Kevin Byard
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Safety Kevin Byard /

With the NFL’s projected salary cap set to increase in 2020, the Tennessee Titans will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of it.

With the Tennessee Titans set to have about two dozen free agents to make decisions on in 2020, the news of a salary cap increase in the NFL for next season should be music to their ears.

According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, the NFL is projecting an increase in the salary cap to anywhere between $196.8 million to $201.2 million for 2020, which would be an increase from where it stands now at $188.2 million this season.

Also per Pelissero, we should know the final number by sometime in late February, early March.

This is obviously great news for all teams trying to spend money, but that’s especially true for the Titans, who have 25 impending free agents in 2020 and about $48 million to work with as is, per Over The Cap, which puts the Titans in the bottom half of the league.

Adding to the number of free agents, Tennessee also has some very important and potentially expensive positions to re-sign, namely at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, running back in Derrick Henry, tackle in Jack Conklin and/or Dennis Kelly, and cornerback in Logan Ryan.

For Tannehill in particular, it was reported on Sunday that the team is considering a new contract for the signal-caller. There was some thought that the team could franchise tag Tannehill, but it appears that is not the case.

As for Henry, he and the team have yet to start talking a new deal, but that is not surprising considering the Titans don’t do business during the season. Even the news about Tannehill was referring to internal discussions and not direct talks between he and the team.

Now, with a little extra money in hand, the Titans will have an easier time re-signing their top free agents if they choose to do so, and that extra money in hand doesn’t even include some cuts or restructures the team could make to create more room.