NASHVILLE, Tenn. – News of Jack Conklin’s contract with the Cleveland Browns makes it easy to say, “The Titans could have paid him that.”

The three-year deal doesn’t come close to some of the pre-free agency projections for annual average that were floating around for Conklin.ConklinSEA

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How will Derrick Henry handle the franchise tag?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have ensured Derrick Henry will be on their roster in 2019 by applying a franchise tag to him, Adam Schefter reports.

Now the questions are about how he will handle it.HenryStiffArm

Second contracts for running backs are their prime chance to earn, and he will want to get his financial security now, coming off a NFL rushing title, or next year at the latest.

The tag ensures him of $10.278 million, but offers no long-term guarantee and provides no money until the first week of the regular season. [Unlocked]

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As Ryan Tannehill's contract begins, too much concern about when it ends

As Ryan Tannehill's contract begins, too much concern about when it ends

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans ensured themselves of quarterback security by completing a deal with Ryan Tannehill Sunday.TannehillKCB

But the way the league has changed combined with the relatively small sample size of his excellent play in 2019 has created a strange cocktail where that new immediately created an odd question from many fans:

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With Titans' Ryan Tannehill deal, they wisely stay ahead of the QB market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have their quarterback of the present locked in, ending speculation that they could turn to Tom Brady instead.

And with the most important position taken care of they can move on to use their franchise tag on Derrick Henry and get about the business of putting together a better team around Ryan Tannehill than the one he helped lead to a surprise appearance in the AFC Championship Game.TannehillCloseWave

The team announced the deal Sunday afternoon, minutes after NFL.com reported it with the base financial info: four years, $118 million, $62 million guaranteed. [Unlocked]

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The Titans got five great years out of Ryan Succop, needed six

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – By cutting Ryan Succop, the Titans offer a final coda on their disastrous kicking season of 2019.

It was practically a miracle that they got away with what they did, and twice they showed too much faith in Succop, a teammate of Mike Vrabel’s on the 2009 and 2010 Chiefs, and his shaky knee.SuccopChiefs19

They brought him off PUP and used him in the late preseason only to hear him tell them he wasn’t ready after testing it, leaving them on a path to hop from Cairo Santos to Cody Parkey to Succop fresh off IR, his issues unfixed, to Greg Joseph. This came with a dose of Ryan Santoso, a kickoff specialist who rarely reached the end zone.

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I love Delanie Walker too, but pending decision needs to come with no emotion

I love Delanie Walker too, but pending decision needs to come with no emotion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I love Delanie Walker.

He’s been a mass producer and the type of player I covet, one so confident in his ability to do his job he’s always unafraid to tell the truth.

But it’s time to be honest, like he always is.DWalkerPortrait

He’s 35 and he will be 36 in August. He suffered a major injury at the start of 2018. His 2019 season ended when he needed clean-up surgery related to that.

When he was healthy at the start of 2019, Mike Vrabel and Arthur Smith – a coach who is as fond of Walker as anyone – used him minimally.

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Cameron Wake was worth a stab, Dion Lewis not so much

Cameron Wake was worth a stab, Dion Lewis not so much

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – By cutting Cameron Wake and Dion Lewis, the Titans save more than $9.588 million.

The two veterans also leave behind $3.791in dead money against the 2020 salary cap, joining Taywan Taylor’s $229,000 as the only leftover dollars counting for players no longer on the roster.CameronWakePortrait

Wake’s age was a question when he arrived in Tennessee at 37, though metrics suggested he could still be a productive pass rusher.

The team was in dire need as it didn’t re-sign Derrick Morgan, who eventually retired, or Brian Orakpo, who retired following his final game.

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Titans recalling scouts and coaches from the road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Indications are Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel are off the pre-draft pro day circuit and the Titans are calling their scouts and coaches back from the road as the sports world closes down for fear of being part of the coronavirus spread.

The team is likely to revisit things next week.TitansWordLogoSeats

It's also monitoring visits by prospects, some of whom are being told by agents not to travel to check the circuit to visit with multiple NFL franchises. [Unlocked]

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