NFL Free Agency is Better Than the Draft

Free agencyPeople get carried away with the draft and I understand it. But NFL free agency is better and here is why.

It’s different for every team: Sure there is occasionally a team with a super wealth of draft picks or one who’s traded a bunch away. But generally it’s a level playing field with every team getting its name called about once every round.

Few teams say they want to build through free agency, but many do or have to because they don’t have enough draft capital to fix themselves.

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New Titans' WR Calvin Ridley: 'Y'all Got a Player'

Calvin Ridley was loose, fun and confident as he was introduced by the Titans, giving people every reason to be confident he’ll produce at a level that will live up to his four-year, $92 million deal with $50 million guaranteed.

He missed 11 games of 2021 and all of 2022 in a gambling suspension and credited himself for doing as well as he did in his 2023 return with a new team when he caught 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns.Calvin Ridley

“Y’all got a player,” he said. “…Two seasons out. I gave you 1,000 and eight touchdowns, I didn’t miss a practice, I didn’t miss a game. I didn’t come late to nothing. I respected everybody in the building. I look at it as a win for me personally.”

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New Titans Feel the Energy, Determined To Add To It

Lloyd Cushenberry
  Lloyd Cushenberry

Brian Callahan desires to create a place where people are excited to come to work.

The Titans did a great job giving off that vibe to their first four additions in free agency, who all talked about the energy in their new office as they were introduced to the team’s press corps.

I watched from a spring break vacation with my family, as Tony Pollard, Lloyd Cushenberry, Chidobe Owuzie and Kenneth Murray all hit on it.

“Just being around them this morning, you can just feel it from everybody,” Murray said. “It’s definitely a great, great vibe where everybody is excited to be here. You get that vibe from everybody. Not just the coaches but the staff – the equipment staff, the medical staff.

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How The Titans Free-Agent Signings Fit

By ZACH LYONS, Stacking the Inbox

Free Agency is officially in full swing. Day One is in the books and as you’re reading this on a Thursday, your Tennessee Titans have had three full days to sign players to help the team with its competitive rebuild.

Some of you may still be recovering from the unavoidable loss of Derrick Henry. Others may not even be able to read this article because anger has filled your soul, and you are blinded with rage as the Titans didn’t sign whatever player you think they should have. Either way, you can only control what you can control, and I control what I am going to share with you regarding the players that, for better or for worse, the Titans did sign.

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
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If you want my advice on how to maintain logical and emotional balance during free agency, just keep in mind these three things: 

1.   Football is a business. 
2.   Football is a sport. 
3.   The Sun is Running out of Hydrogen.

That should help you keep things in perspective throughout this article and the rest of the offseason. So, without any further ado, and before the sun dies, we talk about what each player acquired can tell you about the 2024 Tennessee Titans.

Calvin Ridley

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Calvin Ridley Brings Explosiveness to Titans, But is Not Without Concerns

Titans fans have been hurting watching the Texans take two prominent defenders, Denico Autry and Azeez Al-Shaair, from Nashville in free agency.

Tennessee has made a similar move, stinging a division rival by lifting a key piece -- and Calvin Ridley was more important to the Jaguars than Autry or AA-S were to the Titans.

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Calvin Ridley beats Kristian Fulton/ Angie Flatt

The Titans hope he will be a key piece of Brian Callahan's offense.

He ran a 4.43 coming out of Alabama and his 21.52 mph in 2023 per NextGen Stats, 15th best in the NFL. Ridley can be terrifically explosive. 

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Mike Herndon's Detailed Review of Titans' Additions So Far

Mike Herndon's Detailed Review of Titans' Additions So Far

By MIKE HERNDON, Columnist

The NFL’s free agent negotiating window opened on Monday morning and the Titans have reportedly agreed to terms with four new players:

  • RB Tony Pollard – three years, $24 million
  • OC Lloyd Cushenberry – four years, $50 million
  • CB Chidobe Awuzie – three years, $36 million
  • ILB Kenneth Murray – two years, $15.5 million
  • OG Saahdiq Charles – one year, $2.5 million

Let’s start with a couple of disclaimers. First, these deals cannot become official until Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT, and while it’s very rare, it’s still possible for these guys to change their minds. We saw Wil Lutz change his mind about signing with the Jaguars and return to the Broncos on Monday. In 2019, Anthony Barr had agreed to terms with the Jets before getting cold feet and opting to return to Minnesota. Again, it’s exceedingly rare, but maybe hold off on ordering that custom Tony Pollard jersey until things are officially official.

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry III (79) prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Derrick Henry Endorses New Titans' Backfield, Expresses Love for Nashville

The same day he agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens, Derrick Henry said his former team is in good shape at running back as it moves on from him.

"I think TP is a great pick up for them," Henry said in a text, referring to Tony Pollard who the Titans agreed to terms with on Monday. "Tyjae (Spears) & him will be a great dynamic duo. TP is a good dude, y’all will love him."

Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry/ Angie Flatt

Henry spent eight years with the Titans finishing with 2,030 carries for 9,502 yards and 90 rushing touchdowns, with three additional; receiving TDs. He trails only Eddie George (10,009) in team annals in rushing yards. 

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Chidobe Awuzie Starts Titans' CB Rebuild

The Titans began to rebuild their cornerback position by agreeing to a deal with Chidobe Awuzie, the former Cincinnati Bengal.

Mike Garafolo reported the deal is for three years and $36 million with $23 million guaranteed. he also said despite interest from a few teams, the corner was interested in joining former Bengals OC Brian Callahan in Tennessee to help create the culture.

Dec 10, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (22) enters the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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The Titans need that, as they've lacked a productive leader at the position for some time. They still need more.

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