Titans’ Free Agency Day 1 Recap
Well, day one of NFL free agency is in the books. For the Tennessee Titans, yesterday seemed to be off to a slow start. Then, the deals began to pour in. The Titans were able to come away with six players on day one. And while they were not necessarily “big money” type deals, I do think that the deals they made are going to drastically improve the team going forward.
The day started off with the Titans agreeing to terms with former Jaguars’ safety Johnathan Cyprien. But, Jon Robinson and the front office weren’t done yet. They brought back two of their own guys, in defensive end Karl Klug and linebacker Nate Palmer.
Klug, who is a 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Titans, is a monstrous defensive end who is coming off of a very productive season. Klug finished 2016 with 13 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks in 14 games. Klug burst onto the scene in his rookie year in 2011, when he finished the year with seven sacks, and has remained fairly consistent ever since.
Linebacker Nate Palmer was brought in last year prior to the start of training camp. He was brought in to become a key player on special teams, as well as provide depth to the linebacker unit. He is a player who Jon Robinson really likes, and is still fairly young, at age 27. Going into his fourth year, I think Palmer could see a much larger role with the team this season.
As soon as deals were reached with Klug and Palmer, the Titans turned their attention to Oakland, where they acquired two guys who could really help out their special teams unit, which needs drastic improvements after last season.
Linebacker Daren Bates will be going into his fifth season in 2017. The Memphis native will be entering his fifth season in 2017. I expect Bates to become one of the team’s leaders on special teams, and provide competition to the linebacker unit as well.
Joining Bates in Tennessee is veteran safety Brynden Trawick. Trawick spent his first three NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, where he learned from longtime Eagles’ special teams coach and current Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh. Trawick finished the 2016 season with 16 total tackles, and I expect him to maintain that production with the Titans.
And then, last night, the Titans finally addressed the largest elephant in the room: the cornerback position. Tennessee agreed to terms on a 3-year, $30 million deal with Patriots’ corner Logan Ryan. Ryan, who spent the first four years of his NFL career playing alongside safety Devin McCourty, will now team up with Devin’s twin brother, Jason, in Nashville. Jon Robinson played a part in drafting Ryan in New England, and knows what the veteran corner can bring to the table.
In conclusion, I think that day 1 of free agency was very successful for the Tennessee Titans. I think that the special teams unit should see major improvements from a year ago. I also think that the signing of Logan Ryan will drastically improve the Titans’ secondary as well. It will be interesting to see what tricks the Titans have up their sleeves as free agency continues.