Da’Norris Searcy and Harry Douglas Agree to Paycuts
As the NFL Draft approaches, the picture that is the Tennessee Titans roster is starting to look a little clearer. And, after Tuesday, the payroll is starting to look a little smaller as well.
On Tuesday, veterans Da’Norris Searcy and Harry Douglas agreed to paycuts to remain with the Titans, at least for now.
Searcy was originally scheduled to make $5.625 million in 2017, and $6.125 in 2018. He will now be making $3.4 million in 2017, and $3.8 million in 2018. This move definitely makes a lot of sense, mainly because of the signing of free agent safety Johnathan Cyprien. This move also shows me that the Titans envision Searcy taking more of a backup/rotational role, rather than being employed as the “full-time starter”.
Wide receiver Harry Douglas also agreed to terms on a restructured contract. Douglas will now be making $1.75 million this season, with the potential to earn back some money through various incentives. I did not even fully anticipate Douglas being on the roster in 2017, this move does make a lot of sense from a depth standpoint. With Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe as the team’s top two wideouts, the veteran presence that Douglas provides the team is essential. At least until the Titans can add more depth and talent in the draft.
These two moves tell me two things. The first is that Jon Robinson and the Titans’ new regime are recognizing some salary miscalculations that were made by the Ruston Webster regime, and are structuring Searcy’s and Douglas’s contracts accordingly.
These moves also tell me that the Titans may feel compelled to address strong safety and wide receiver fairly early in this month’s draft.