Could the Tennessee Titans move one of their longest tenured players on offense?
In the NFL, you have a brief period where you can create a first impression and for Tennessee Titans receiver Corey Davis, his rookie year had plenty of ups and downs.
To start the season he had a fantastic game against the Oakland Raiders where he played like a big receiver who won contested passes in tight coverage. However, his ability to run great routes and make defenders miss promised that maybe he could do more than dominate outside.
However, an early season injury wiped out most of the impact he could have had and his two touchdown performance against the New England Patriots in the playoffs has largely been forgotten.
With a nice but underwhelming first impression, it was always going to be hard for a receiver for the Titans to ever regain the momentum he could have had if he had dominated in his rookie year (see Brown, A.J.).
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Despite that, Davis has been good not great for the Titans after nearly hitting 900 yards last year which would have made up nearly 30% of all of Tennessee’s passing yards. This year he was pushed to the side by A.J. Brown‘s historic season, but 600 yards as the WR2 in a run-first offense isn’t the worst stat line.
When you think about it, Corey Davis has had to deal with a lot of inconsistency and turnover around him and probably would benefit from some stability. Regardless of who plays QB this season, there is a good chance that there are only 3 starters on the offense who have been in Tennessee longer than Davis: Taylor Lewan, Derrick Henry and Ben Jones.
Not to mention a revolving door at QB and OC due to injuries and coaching changes respectively.
Doug Kyed of NESN thinks that Davis could be on the radar for the New England Patriots in a trade.
From that article, Doug Kyed says:
"“The biggest question here is why the Titans would be willing to part with Davis. His cap hit is $8 million in 2020, which is pretty high for an underperforming first-round pick. The Titans could save $3.9 million in cap room by trading Davis. That also would be Davis’ cap hit with the Patriots. Davis wouldn’t be the splashiest addition, but we don’t hate this idea if the Patriots are looking for a big outside target who could still have some upside.”"
According to Overthecap, cutting the big four and trading Corey Davis would lead to $70 million in cap space for the Titans in 2020 and (presuming a $240 million cap in 2021) $116 million in 2021 with only one 5th year option to worry about in Adoree Jackson.
With three 3rd round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Titans would probably love to have the middle selection and have pick 97 overall.
That cap space would give the Titans a little bit more of a boost to sweeten a contract for Derrick Henry if they wanted to front load a deal. That domino could lead to Ryan Tannehill being re-signed and Jack Conklin getting tagged which we have talked about already.
It isn’t the worst thing in the world for the Titans to move on from Davis and potentially Conklin and end up with a 1st round pick, two 2nd round picks and two 3rd round picks in a draft that does have great talent at OT early and great talent and depth at WR throughout.