Titans crafting artful deals that allow room for mistakes

HT092417 JM187 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans want ball-carriers who show escapability.

Their front office is negotiating deals that give the franchise escapability.

Malcolm Butler got a five-year deal, $61.25 million contract. (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/Jim Mahoney.)

But it’s only got $24 million guaranteed in the first two seasons, after which the Titans can get out with no further guarantees and a 2020 cap charge of $6 million. (Numbers courtesy Spotrac.)

That’s hardly a killer in the event he fails to pan out and is not what they are expecting.

Dion Lewis’ full four-deal could be worth up to $23.2 million if he reaches all his incentives.

But The Titans can be done with him after two seasons and $12 million, with only $1.125 million left as a dead charge on the 2020 cap.

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