Mike Herndon: What we now know about Ran Carthon’s plan for the Titans

Mike Herndon: What we now know about Ran Carthon’s plan for the Titans

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One week into his first free agency window, new Titans GM Ran Carthon has plugged some holes and reunited with some old friends from his time in San Francisco. There are a few common themes that have begun to emerge among the six new additions that we know of to this point.

Azeez Al-Shaair
Azeez Al-Shaair/ Courtesy San Francisco 49ers
  • LT Andre Dillard – 3 years, $29 million with $10 million fully guaranteed
  • EDGE Arden Key – 3 years, $21 million with $11.6 million fully guaranteed
  • OG Daniel Brunskill – 2 years, $5.5 million with $1.5 million fully guaranteed
  • LB Azeez Al-Shaair – 1 year, $5 million with $4.25 million fully guaranteed
  • CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – 1 year, “up to” $5 million, no detailed info on guarantees
  • LB Luke Gifford – 2 years, $4 million with $1 million fully guaranteed
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PK TV: Where the Titans stand after a week of free agency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Five of the Titans' six new acquisitions have spoken and now we've spoken about them as we gathered for a chat that topped any conversation on any airwaves or online forum that had previously been held.

Thanks for coming armed with all your questions about what unfolded to this point with Ran Carthon's approach and all that the Titans have left to do and how they might approach it. We covered some good ideas about how they should move forward.

What's the state of the roster now? How's the draft been impacted? What might we still see in free agency? We hit all that and more.

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Andre Dillard, Daniel Brunskill share secrets to Titans' developing winning offensive line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Cincinnati fielded an 80 percent new offensive line to start the 2022 season, things started out poorly.

In the Bengals' first two games in their follow-up to an AFC Championship season, they gave up 13 sacks and lost to Pittsburgh and at Dallas.

Daniel Brunskill
Daniel Brunskill/ Courtesy 49ers

Ultimately a revamped line helped cut regular-season sacks by 11 but still allowed 44, and yards per rushing attempt dropped from 4.0 to 3.8.

The Titans are undergoing an offensive line overhaul. It could be as big as the Bengals’ was, but it might be just three of five starters rather than four.

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Impressions from introductions of five new Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans trotted out their five newest players for their first media conversations in Tennessee.

Andre Dillard
Andre Dillard

Here are my first impressions.

Andre Dillard

The former Eagles first-round pick was pretty nervous. He’s clearly a soft-spoken guy, but he was even quivering a bit.

He said signing with the Titans was even more emotional for him than being picked 22nd in 2019 when he was in Nashville and took the stage on Broadway to get a hug from Roger Goodell.

His mom was in Titans gear in no time and he was impressed with how quickly she got her hands on two-toned blue merchandise.


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A Kevin Byard resolution marks the full shift from Jon Robinson to Ran Carthon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yeah, it’s a business and Kevin Byard is facing up to that.

Kevin Byard

But Byard has the right to be upset that the Titans want him to take a pay cut, something first reported by Mike Lombardi. Adam Schefter said it's left the sides at an impasse.

The Titans are looking at cap numbers they don’t like and guess who created those?

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Massive mailbag: All your pressing Titans questions answered in detail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I am not asking about your bracket, sorry. But pump up Princeton.

If you haven't heard or watched the podcast yet, it's mandatory listening/viewing. Here are handy links: Apple, Spotify, Google PodcastsTuneIn and YouTube.

Daniel Brunskill
Daniel Brunskill/ courtesy San Francisco 49ers

There is so much on your mind regarding the Titans. I did my best to cover a wide array of your question in this beefy edition of the mailbag.

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Podcast: Pick your side on Titans' injuries and David Long

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When we look back at the Titans free-agent class of 2023, will we see a team that smartly grabbed players who didn't have full opportunity in their first chance that the team got at good prices?

In this week's edition of the podcast, I look at the five guys the team's agreed to terms with and consider just what they are getting.The Paul Kuharsky Podcast

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

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Subjects I dive into:

💥 My strengthening feeling the team wants Andre Dillard to be its starting left tackle and how that affects what I am thinking about No. 11 in the draft
💥 Why Arden Key left the Jaguars
💥 Whether Azeez Al-Shazeer and Monty Rice can play next to each other
💥 How you need to choose between injury solutions or David Long
💥 Aaron Brewer's RFA tender as insurance against another roster hole

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