Titans lined up for speed at ILB with Azeez Al-Shaair

Azeez Al-Shaair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – David Long was replaced within 24 hours as the Titans agreed to terms with their first Ran Carthon connection, Azeez Al-Shaair, the inside linebacker who’s been a piece of the 49ers’ strong defense.

Dianna Russini reported the agreement.

Al-Shaair will bring excellent speed to Nashville – something Mike Vrabel has emphasized he wants upgraded throughout the roster. The new inside linebacker will be 26 this season. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder was undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2019. 

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The rationale for the Titans letting David Long walk, even cheaply

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans were probably surprised at just how inexpensive David Long turned out to be on the open market.

David Long
David Long/ Tennessee Titans

Multiple reports say his two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins is worth only $11 million, and I’ve not seen one that mentions how much of that is guaranteed. When that’s left out it generally doesn’t bode well for that element of the deal, though this is such a value deal that the financial details that have been shared could have come from the team rather than from agent Ryan Williams, whose client got torched when compared to his colleagues.

Even if Long plays only 11 games a season under this contract – his average over the last two seasons – it’s a heck of a price tag.

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What do the Titans project for Andre Dillard?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first piece of the Titans’ offensive line rebuild is a veteran left tackle in need of a career restart. Multiple reports say it’s Andre Dillard.

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Andre Dillard/ Courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

Dillard was the 22nd pick in the 2019 draft. The Eagles grabbed him out of Washington State three picks after the Titans selected Jeffery Simmons, but Dillard never panned out in Philadelphia. 

He started four games as a rookie, missed his second year with a torn biceps and started five as a third-year player. Eight of those were at left tackle, with one on the right while he’s also played some guard. Jordan Mailata, a seventh-rounder from 2020, passed Dillard and took the left tackle job in 2020.

Dillard missed an additional five games in 2022 with a broken arm.

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Mailbag: Derrick Henry's value, NFLPA's team reports and a Titans' psychological shift

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Surprise! It’s the rare Monday mailbag.

Start your week off with the best questions I’ve received recently as we prepare for free agency while we wait to see how Ran Carthon starts this thing off for the Titans.

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Here we go.

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Scout's take: Tennessee Titans' free agency preview

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have made changes in their front office and on the offensive side of the ball.

They have a new general manager in Ran Carthon and a new offensive play-caller in Tim Kelly.

Tremaine Edmunds
Tremaine Edmunds/ © Jamie Germano / USA TODAY NETWORK

Carthon mentioned in his introductory press conference that the Titans are not in a rebuilding situation and felt they can stay competitive.

The Titans played in arguably the worst division in football and missed the playoffs 2022.

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Podcast: Fearing change as part of the Derrick Henry trade idea

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans can look back to a coordinator from near the turn of the century to see the sort of adaptability Tim Kelly needs to show.

In this week's edition of the podcast, I look back to Mike Heimerdinger, hired 23 years ago this week, and what he did with the offense in 2003 as an example of what the franchise can do now to open things up in looking to score more.The Paul Kuharsky Podcast

The new episode awaits you on Apple, SpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneIn and YouTube, which is below.

Whichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I dive into:

💥 Just how smartly Heimerdinger adapted when he had to
💥 The reaction to potentially big changes like a Derrick Henry trade
💥 Why year old news about throwback uniforms is being treated as if it's some sort of brand-new revelation
💥 Players and social media
💥 Faster wide receiver

Please keep the feedback coming. The podcast is just the front door to PaulKuharsky.com. If you like what you hear or see here, you'd really love the rest of the site. Come join the fun.

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PK TV: Talking Titans with some sense and reason

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Trade rantings have you in a panic? We gathered and had a sensible, fact-based conversation about what the Titans probably have done, what they might do and the rationale for it.

There's a sensible cause for a lot of scenarios flying around, and there are a lot of unqualified people who don't understand the context of a lot of it in positions to lead discussions.

I don't know how you digest that, but I know we offered an alternative here and I know a lot of you enjoyed it.

Thanks for bringing your questions as we talked about Derrick Henry's future, roster planning, salary cap, fair contending expectations at this point and much much more. If you missed it, you can head to the private Facebook page or below.

If you want to see it and be part of the next one, join the cool kids by becoming a member here.

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Mike Herndon: Fleshing out Titans' trade scenarios for Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Jeffery Simmons

Mike Herndon: Fleshing out Titans' trade scenarios for Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Jeffery Simmons

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

While the main attraction of the NFL combine is prospective draft picks working out in tights for a television audience, the event also serves to fill up the league’s rumor mill as executives, coaches, agents, and media all mingle together in Indianapolis for the better part of a week.

Jeffery Simmons/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

There are a couple of those rumors connected to the Titans that are worth discussing here. First are the conflicting reports from Bally Sports’ Mike Silver and CBS’s Jonathan Jones regarding Derrick Henry’s trade status. We’ll start with Silver’s, which stated that he’d been told by multiple current general managers that Henry was among a trio of players who had been shopped at the combine.

Jones reported the next day that his sources refute that report.

So who do you believe? Both Silver and Jones are experienced, credible reporters. I’m not sure that I’d give either the edge when it comes to reputation over the other.

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