Titans can’t let Corey Davis walk.
The Tennessee Titans have a pretty extensive list of impending free agents this upcoming offseason, but one player is pulling away from the pack.
With key contributors like Jonnu Smith, Jayon Brown, Desmond King, and others all in the final year of their contracts, GM Jon Robinson is going to have his work cut out for him once again.
If there is one player that he should absolutely prioritize re-signing, it’s wide receiver, Corey Davis.
The fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Davis has had his ups and downs thus far in his career. While he had always shown flashes, he never quite had been able to put it all together, and up to this point has not had a season with over 1000 receiving yards.
His up and down first three years along with the cost of a top-5 pick, led to the Titans declining his fifth-year option earlier this year.
That seems to have lit a fire under him this season. Even having missed two games this season due to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list, he has still put together a solid season, accumulating 801 yards and four touchdowns on 53 receptions through 10 games.
His best performance came in Sunday’s 41-35 loss to the Cleveland Browns, where Davis had 182 yards (a career-high) and a touchdown on 11 catches.
A.J. Brown is certainly the flashier of the Titans’ top two receivers, but with Davis now on pace to be the team’s leading receiver, securing his services beyond 2020 is becoming more and more imperative every week.
As of the day of writing this article, Spotrac has Davis’ calculated market value at around $32M over four years, which would be around $8M per year, which wouldn’t be a huge issue if the Titans’ projected estimated cap space was higher than the $10.6M Spotrac currently projects them at.
Plus, you still have to take into consideration whether or not Davis has an interest in returning to Nashville next season.
Re-signing Davis is not going to be an easy task, and there will almost certainly have to be trades and/or cuts made in order to pull it off, but the Titans need to do anything and everything within their power to make it happen.
Davis has been the most productive and most consistent weapon that the Titans have in the passing game this season, and maybe it is time to stop considering him as a Robin to A.J. Brown’s Batman.
Maybe he deserves his own spot in the pantheon of the Titans receivers and to not be considered a footnote to an admittedly prolific talent on the other side of the field.