I'm not expecting the Titans to be in on Justin Houston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Free agency hasn’t even officially opened and there is surely a lot going on behind the scenes with the Titans of which we have not yet become aware.

The Titans did officially re-sign Kenny Vaccaro, their own free-agent safety, filling out their secondary. They’ve lined up a deal with receiver Adam Humphries, helping themselves on third down. And they’ve shown interest in Rodger Saffold.apple icon 144x144 precomposed

Beyond that, we don’t know what they are up to yet.

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SaffoldNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In need of help on the interior offensive line, where left guard Quinton Spain is about to become a free agent, overpaid right guard Josh Kline struggled and Ben Jones was hardly a rock in 2017, the Titans have made inquiries about veteran guard Rodger Saffold.

Saffold has played nine seasons for the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams since the franchise drafted him with the first pick of the second round, 33rd overall, in 2010 out of Indiana.

He was a second-team All-Pro last year as part of the NFC champs. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the Buccaneers, Adam Humphries was surrounded by quality receivers in Mike Evans, Desean Jackson and Chris Godwin.

Together Tampa Bay’s top four combined for 264 catches, 3,956 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2018. Humphries accounted for 76 receptions, 816 yards and five scores of those giant totals.Humphries

The Titans, far less receiver-based, as always, got 139 catches for 1,774 and seven TDs from their four most productive receivers. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – By reaching a new deal with Kenny Vaccaro, the Titans have solidified their secondary and removed the back end of the defense from concern from the conversation in free agency and the draft.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says Vaccaro’s new four-year, $26 million deal comes with $11.5 million guaranteed and that the Titans have now also officially cut Johnathan Cyprien. The Titans have since announced both moves.

I tweeted that the news surprised me. That's because, even after Landon Collins lined up a giant deal from Washington, there was a large number of safeties ready to hit the market and I expected supply and demand to play out over months.

This puts the Titans in fine shape with Kevin Byard and Vaccaro as starters at safety with second-year man Dane Cruikshank as the third option. The Titans have Adoree’ Jackson, Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler as their top three corners, with LeShaun Sims and Tye Smith and depth. [unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans can start having preliminary conversations with free agents-to-be later today, with free-agency opening Wednesday.

The class is not loaded, which doesn't mean huge money won't be spent. I think the Titans will make big additions but I don't know that they will blow the roof off the thing. Here is the top of my Titans’ free-agent wish list:

Justin Houston, edge, Chiefs: Released by the Chiefs for salary cap reasons, he’s 30 and he’s not the player he was in his prime. But he’s still damn good and very productive with 18.5 sacks in the last two years. He can be the tone-setter and model for a young group that includes Harold Landry, Kamalei Correa, Sharif Finch and a draft pick. Sign Houston to a more reasonable deal that it will take to land Trey Flowers, and draft well out of a great defensive front group. [Unlocked]

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Pickers mailbag: The value of inside vs. outside pass rush

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings from the mailbag central office where, after the post-Antonio Brown excitement, we are eagerly awaiting the start of free agency for the Titans.

For a team with the holes this team has, I certainly expect a reasonable level of activity. They simply have to rush the passer better, get more plays from the receivers and protect him better to take the next step from mediocre in a division where they are already chasing both the Colts and the Texans.


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YAZOO PODCAST: Nine reporters size up 10 guys I think the Titans could pursue in free agency

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- I made a list of 10 guys I think the Titans could pursue in free agency starting next week and I set about learning more about them.

In this week's podcast, you'll hear from nine reporters who cover those 10 players for a closer look at the season's they are coming off of and what their next teams can expect.


You can find Part 1 on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the Titans seriously contemplated making a move for Antonio Brown and looked hard into it, things are now leaning in a direction away from them making a move.

What I’ve learned lines up with a somewhat offhanded comment ESPN’s Dianna Russini made during a broadcast Thursday when she said she’d been told the Titans had moved on, though I’m not certain it’s that definitive.


It’s unclear what led to things leaning away from a move now after a good period of real possibility. But it could clearly be any number of things, from the price of a trade with the Steelers to what Brown may have felt, in back channeled communications, about the team or the potential for a revised contract in Nashville this year or next. [Unlocked]

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