Adam Humphries had more first down catches out of the slot than any WR in 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the Antonio Brown pursuit over, Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel stepped back and assessed what was available they didn’t force something that wasn’t there.SwordsStadium

In Adam Humphries, they landed a guy who’s nothing like Brown in style and skill (or price). But there is no all-around receiver No. 1 on the free-agent list. There never is. There is also no clear-cut deep threat to back defenses up.

Rather than trying to force those expectations on someone, they found a guy who’s good at what he does. It is certainly a narrower role but something the Titans need.

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Jim Washburn says Titans' front office lieutenant nixed $1 million deal for Cameron Wake in 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Titans' defensive line coach, Jim Washburn scouted pass rushers everywhere.

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As with many promising pass rushers on his radar, Washburn maniacally followed the player's every move. And when Wake fulfilled his obligation in Canada, Washburn made his case to the Titans' front office.

As Washburn remembers it, the Titans could have had Wake in 2009 for a deal with $1 million guaranteed.

But a front office lieutenant didn’t like Wake and nixed it.

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Cameron Wake may be a 'young' 37 and his three-year deal may really be for one

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cameron Wake is a young 37, I’m being told by many Titans' fans excited by the third big Titans addition before free agency officially even starts.

So what does that make him? Thirty-four?Wake

However you look at his Jan. 30, 1982 birthday, he is up there.

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With Rodger Saffold aboard, Titans still need one more OL move

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With free-agent addition Roger Saffold in line to be the Titans new left guard, the team will adjust its starting offensive line for the first time since 2016.

That year, after Chance Warmack injured a finger in the second game and decided on season-ending surgery, the Titan put a Taylor Lewan, Quinton Spain, Ben Jones, Josh Kline, Jack Conklin line in place.Saffold2

The group has started 36 of 46 games since, interrupted only by injuries.

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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.
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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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