NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The busts tend to get our notice because they leave holes, and filling the holes can become painstaking in-season work.

So the failure, say, to realize Vic Beasley and Josh Reynolds didn’t love ball in the way the Titans want their players to love ball was bad on Jon Robinson, the guy with the final say on personnel with the team.

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But as the Titans approach the playoffs and potentially the No. 1 seed in the AFC, Denico Autry and Bud Dupree are major influences on a defense that’s had a major turnaround since last season.

Autry is a home-run signing, at three years, $21.5 million with $9 million guaranteed. Dupree’s best is still ahead of him, but he too looks very good as the big-ticket item from the 2021 shopping list.

Let’s see where they fit in on the list of Robinson’s best free-agent signings.

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