Back to the tough ones, Jack Conklin is one of the best right tackles in the NFL. Most fans don’t know that because 95% of fans would admit they don’t watch the right tackle often enough to know and 4% are lying.
For the few who did watch Conklin, you will know that his power and ability to get to the second level in the ZBS were fun to watch and that his lack of athleticism on the outside in pass protection was overstated.
All of that to say, the Titans are going to lose Conklin because they just don’t have the money to pay him what he will make on the market.
That doesn’t mean they have to lose him for nothing though. Without going into detail, I don’t think the Titans will get a 3rd round compensatory pick for losing Jack Conklin so at this point letting him walk does you no good.
However, I did write an article yesterday about how a tag and trade makes a lot of sense for the Titans and for the 6 teams who should be interested in him if he hit the open market.
It is going to hurt a lot to lose a young offensive tackle who was a great fit in this offense, but I guess that is the risk the Titans took when they declined his fifth year option.
In the moment that was the right decision given how much money they would have been on the hook for if he hadn’t gotten back to his old self, but it still hurts to see.