With this, the Titans would have something like $55 million to spend in free agency and no idea on who they should spend it on.
So, going shopping you have to try to find the best fits for what you need but you also need to understand that losing Henry means that you are going to have to find other ways for Ryan Tannehill to be comfortable and successful next season.
Some of that means giving him more weapons and you also have to find ways to mark needs off of your list so that you focus on drafting a running back early instead of being forced into someone you don’t love early.
My goal was to spend around $55 million here because I think some of these contract projections are pretty high compared to what they will actually get so I thought I might as well spend right up to the limit.
Using PFF’s projected contracts, this is what I think the Titans would do.
Dennis Kelly RT: 2 years, $10 million ($5 million per year)
-I think Kelly gets more than this, but I used the exact contract that Ty Nsekhe got this past offseason because the situations were similar. A backup tackle that is behind a pair of high caliber OTs who has rotated in frequently in the past.
Jamie Collins EDGE/LB: 2 years, $15 million ($7.5 million per year)
-Collins had a resurgence in New England this year and if there is anyone who will be able to look at the tape and figure out what made Collins so successful this year, it will be new DC…Mike Vrabel.
Brandon Scherff RG: 5 years, $70 million ($14 million per year)
-Would the Titans rather have Scherff and Kelly or Conklin and Davis? I don’t know the answer to that, but on paper Scherff taking over the right guard spot would be an upgrade while Kelly has been a pretty average to slightly above average right tackle when he has played.
Amari Cooper WR: 5 years, $100 million ($20 million per year)
-Amari Cooper is a WR in this league and he has proven that with two different teams now. If the Cowboys let Cooper walk and if the Tennessee Titans have all this money just laying around, why not bring in Cooper to give your offense even more explosiveness?
Austin Ekeler RB: **
-The Tennessee Titans still have more than $8 million to spend to hit that upper limit that I talked about earlier. Why not go out and get a younger, more versatile, better version of Dion Lewis?
We know the Titans are very intentional about who they put on the field on third down at RB, and while Ekeler is a RFA I am going to put him on this list for the sake of pure chaos.
The Chargers need to focus on their offensive line and figuring out whether they actually like Melvin Gordon or not. If they do, then they will probably vote to keep him and upgrade the OL instead of paying two RBs really good money.
Ekeler will be 25 next year and is just starting to hit his stride. Perfect fit for the Titans here.