Potential Dean Pees, defensive staff free-agent connections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We’ve looked at potential free-agent connections with Mike Vrabel, John Robinson and Matt LaFleur and the offensive staff.Pees

For the final installment of this series, let’s see who’s got expiring contracts and connections to Dean Pees and the guys working under him.

This one is certainly more a list of role players than stars, but there are a decent number of them.

We’ll start with those connected to Pees:

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Jon Robinson has shown he'll be proactive, set market with contracts for right guys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jon Robinson isn’t sprinting, but heading into his third season as the Titans GM he’s shown he’s willing to get ahead of the league when it comes to negotiating contracts.

A percentage of guys in his job, facing a situation comparable to another in the league, sit back and see what unfolds elsewhere, and then react.CaseyRams

Two recent instances tell us with a player he clearly wants to retain, Robinson prefers to be proactive.

On Tuesday, the Titans signed Ryan Succop to a deal ESPN reported is for five years and $20 million, with $7.25 million fully guaranteed and $8.25 million in the first two years.

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Potential Matt LaFleur, offensive staff free-agent connections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Want a connection arrow for the Titans new staff and an intriguing player heading to free agency?

Point it at receiver Sammy Watkins.RamsHelmet

Not only did new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur see Watkins at close range last year with the Rams, but new receivers coach Rob Moore was with Watkins in Buffalo in 2014.

Watkins was not super-productive in his one season in Los Angeles. He was only fourth on the team with 39 catches. He turned those into 593 yards and a team-high eight touchdown catches.

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Potential Jon Robinson free-agent connections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There is no Logan Ryan here.

Last year, the connection between Jon Robinson and Ryan was an easy one to make. Robinson had scouted Ryan for the Patriots and after taking over the Titans had mentioned using analytics to help single Ryan out from a group of cornerbacks New England was considering.Word Art

But as we trace some connections that could be in play for the Titans in free agency this year, Robinson doesn’t have as strong a tie to as good a player – unless we’re counting 32-year old Danny Amendola, who is so connected to Tom Brady and the Pats that he would be an unlikely target for Robinson.

A Patriots’ free agent coming off his fourth season didn’t overlap there with Robinson, who left New England after the 2013 season. Robinson may love corner Malcolm Butler (undrafted in 2014) or running back Dion Lewis who landed in New England in 2015), but he didn’t work with them.

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PODCAST: Remembering the Randy Moss 'era' in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Episode 5 of our podcast-only podcast is ready for you.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here.BlevinsPodcast

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line.

Wih the help of Madison Blevins, I cover Ryan Succop's contract extension, why a report that the Titans' new uniforms won't be red strikes me as a ridiculous, what two former Titans think of Derrick Henry in a zone-blocking scheme, Jay-Z's bottle service and my memories of the Randy Moss "era" in Tennessee.

As always, we welcome your feedback.

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Potential Mike Vrabel free-agent connections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With NFL free agency less than a month away, I wanted to trace some connections that could be in play for the Titans.

We’ll start with Mike Vrabel, who coached at Ohio State and with the Houston Texans.VrabelScruff

There are two free agents I could see the Titans considering based on Vrabel’s experience with the Buckeyes during his time on Urban Meyer's staff.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have eight guys of note heading toward free agency, which opens March 14.

They are in a good spot as even if they lost this entire group they wouldn’t be too badly dented.

Here they are in what I see as their order of importance to the 2018 team.


1) Ryan Succop. The kicker was great in 2017, hitting 35 of 42 regular-season field-goal attempts and three of three in the playoffs. The Titans had good specialists and would be wise to keep Succop to maintain it.

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Pickers mailbag: The Titans' weakest spot

pickers vodka 847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the PK.com mailbag. Thanks for sending questions.

Here's Friday's big Periscope:

Now onto what's on your mind.

SupernawWalkerKCPK: Well the Titans can have multiple weak spots, and they do. Tight end seems to me to be lazy slotting by mock drafters. Often mid-20s is where a top tight end would be a real value and they are probably looking at Delanie Walker getting older. But the Titans just drafted Jonnu Smith and also have Luke Stocker and Phillip Supernaw in an offense that isn’t going to use two- and three-tight end sets nearly as much as Mike Mularkey’s team did.

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