Ben Jones, C
This one is bad because I think the Titans made a huge misstep in the 2020 NFL Draft at this position. In the first round, Tennessee should have taken a cornerback for obvious immediate reasons and for the reasons I listed in the last slide about needing long-term options.
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However, when Jack Conklin was allowed to walk in free agency it created a hole on the roster at a premium position. Looking at how the draft fell, I would have preferred the combination of Jeff Gladney, Matt Hennessy and Darrynton Evans.
But, this isn’t about crying over spilled milk, it is about why Ben Jones is a cut candidate even though the Titans have no backup center right now.
Jones is scheduled to make $7.3 million in 2020 and only $1 million of that is guaranteed. I would hate to see Jones get cut because I think he has shown the ability to be a good center when surrounded by talent.
However, there are 9 centers that are scheduled to hit free agency after the season who played 50% or more of their team’s snaps in 2019. Maybe that means that there is a deal to be made that keeps Jones in Tennessee where he won’t have to compete with those other free agents.
If not, it is hard to imagine the Titans keeping him if they sign Clowney and spend a lot of their cap space that they need to roll over into 2021.