Cap changes could lead to new free agent options for Titans.
Under GM Jon Robinson, the Tennessee Titans have been a very opportunistic operation.
In trades, Robinson bought low on Ryan Tannehill, DeMarco Murray, Dennis Kelly, and Kamalei Correa, which all worked out pretty well for the Titans.
Then, in free agency, he made the most of players who weren’t getting the attention they deserved like Ben Jones, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, and Kenny Vaccaro.
So you can see why he would be very interested if some teams were forced to make cuts due to a potential change in the cap.
Regardless of what happens with cap space, the Tennessee Titans will stay as the team with the 4th most cap space in the NFL because whatever change happens will be sweeping and it will impact every team the same.
So, if we imagine that the Titans are in that position and want to do a little shopping, doesn’t that make sense? We have no idea when or if Jadeveon Clowney will sign with the Titans and even if he does we don’t know that he will get a massive contract.
Is there anyone out there who might be worth a look as a cap cut?
Luckily, there is a very handy list to use to figure out which players are the most likely cap cuts:
There are several interesting names on that list, but let me run down the seven that really jump out as players who would help the Titans in no order:
1. Tyrone Crawford, DL
Crawford had hip surgery that ended his 2019 season after the first month, but he is a veteran who has played a long time in the NFL and who you could trust to be a backup for a season as he proves that he is healthy.
2. Denico Autry, DL
-Last year the Titans spent the back half of the season using several fronts with three defensive linemen and Harold Landry. If that is a look they like, Autry would be a nice player to have on the outside of that front to replace Jurrell Casey and even if he gets a reduced role he would be a great addition to the pass rush inside.
3. Angelo Blackson, DL
-Blackson is a really solid rotational player and he has the size that the Titans really don’t have on the depth chart right now behind the starters.
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4. Corey Peters, DL
-Like Blackson, Peters is another big body that the Titans don’t have but the difference is that Peters has been much more productive with 5 sacks and 15 TFLs in the last two seasons despite being 335 lb.
5. Trent Murphy, DL
-Murphy is the best player on this list if you are trying to find someone who is guaranteed to help the defense and play more than 400 snaps in 2020. He can fill the same role that Autry can, but Murphy is much more consistent with at least 4 sacks and 5 TFLs in each of the last three seasons.
6. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
-If you gave me a choice and told me to pick one player I wanted on this list, it would be Patterson. In 5 of the last 7 years, he has led the NFL in kick returns for a touchdown and right now he sits one return TD away from the NFL record.
He isn’t a boom or bust player either, he led the NFL in kick return average in 3 out of 7 years and the 3-time All-Pro led all players (who returned 20+ kicks) with 29.5 yards per return.
7. Marquise Goodwin, WR
-Not a superstar, but a depth piece that gives the Titans the option of not carrying an unproven WR into the regular season.