The 2023 offseason is now in the books, as the Tennessee Titans have fully turned their attention to training camp. Looking back, Ran Carthon had a strong start to his tenure as the general manager, trimming unnecessary weight and fortifying most position groups on the roster in the offseason. Was the end result perfect? Not really but Carthon was dealt a bad had and made the most of it.
With training camp underway, the Titans' brass will evaluate their roster and think of ways to get better before the regular season starts, and if they're interested in outside help, they should then consider getting in touch which the next free agents, which remain available ahead of August.
No. 5 unexpected signing the Titans can still make: Maxx Williams, TE
Rookie Josh Whyle and sophomore Chigoziem Okonkwo are slated to be the top two tight ends on the Titans' depth chart this upcoming season. Okonkwo had a solid first NFL season, hauling in 32 receptions for 450 yards with three touchdowns. On the other hand, Whyle lacks elite athleticism but excels at coming down with catches in traffic and blocks well, a couple of skills that could earn him significant playing time in 2023.
Okonkwo and Whyle potentially give the Titans a dynamic 1-2 punch at tight end but if either one goes down with injuries, the team's dearth of depth at the position will be exposed. Bringing in Maxx Williams would take care of that.
Williams, a first-round pick in the 2015 draft, hasn't caught more than 20 passes in a season since his rookie year but he can block and would round out the Titans' tight end room. Moreover, it wouldn't be cost-prohibitive to bring him in. There hasn't been much demand for his services in recent months, so Tennesse could easily offer him a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, which currently sits at $1.165 million for players with eight years of service, the amount Williams has.