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  1. I think we should sign him to a 1 year contract...I think having to sneak Ritalin in his morning Oatmeal or Grits would be totally worth the production he brings. And I'm sure he wouldn't catch on for at least a year.
  2. Interesting reports around today that the Texans aren't even going to make Clowney an offer before the deadline to sign franchise tagged players to extensions expires next week. Also interesting is it seems that Bill O'Brien won the power struggle with former GM Brian Gaine partly because Gaine wanted to extend Clowney and O'Brien didn't want to. Have to think its going to be a little awkward between Clowney/Texans when the time comes for him to sign the franchise tag and return to the teams facility, wouldn't be at all shocked if he ends up being traded before the start of the regular season. This situation feels very similar to the one between Khalil Mack and the Raiders last year, obviously Clowney won't attract the same trade compensation if things play out that way.
  3. I know it sounds strange, but this is a player that I've always coveted for the Titans. He's a top 3 blocking TE in the league. Downing knows him well, as does Rob Moore. Let's Sign him.
  4. CBS ranked their top 10 free agents left. 4 of them were Defensive Linemen. Are we done in free agency? Have we been linked to Suh, Wilkerson, Ansah, or Liuget? I would love to get one of these guys on a one year deal.
  5. Here's some mix of what I think will happen and what I want to see happen based on fit and connections: (My mini offseason plan) Release: Jonathan Cyprien Blaine Gabbert Re-sign: Kenny Vaccaro - 3.5M/year over 2 or 3 years. Luke Stocker - 1M/year over 1 or 2 years. Tye Smith - (RFA Tender - 2M) David Fluellen (ERFA Tender - .6M) Sign: OLB Za'Darius Smith - 11-12M per year. (Alternative: Justin Houston at a similar price) WR Randall Cobb - 6-7M per year. (Alternative: John Brown at a similar price) NT Danny Shelton - 3M per year. (Alternative: Malcolm Brown at a similar price) G Jamon Brown - 2M per year. (Alternative: Zane Beadles at a similar price) QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - 3M per year. (Alternative: Mike Glennon at a similar price) Draft: 1. Jeffery Simmons 2. iOL 3. WR 4. OLB 5. Trevon Wesco 7. S Let me explain some reasoning here: I won't even bother with Za'Darius Smith, the fit is so obvious. I've read that Randall Cobb could be in play with the Patriots, so if that's the case we probably couldn't compete. I think receivers like Tate, Humphries, Beasley, Crowder and of course Williams will go to higher powered offenses that would benefit more from these players and teams that would pay more. I think it's unlikely that we'll pay for more than one high dollar free agent. I think the Titans would benefit from Randall Cobb being able to play Y and Z both, and being a true leader in that room. His production would be marginal, which would coincide with his price tag. Being from Tennessee and spending time there in the offseason could be a pull for him vs other teams if the money is similar. Don't get me wrong - I'd much prefer guys like Tate/Humphries/Beasley/Crowder, but I just don't know how realistic that is if we sign a top flight OLB. You could structure those contracts in such a way that allows for more cap space overall in 2019, which is what Robinson typically does in back loading contracts. For instance, a contract for Smith could have a large signing bonus and a lot of guaranteed money, but only count 8M or so on the cap year one, similar to how Butler's contract only counted 6M last year.
  6. Sooo... after that killer draft, now begins the extremely boring part of the offseason. There's still some FA guys brought in every year before camp starts... So to start that off... what (if any) guys do you think we should or will bring in? What position groups could still use some help? I've briefly scanned Walterfootballs available free agents list. Its not updated but even so, there's just not much left at all. I'm guessing we will wait until the cuts start happening in camp but as of now the only guys with value to us out of their list is pretty much the guys listed below.... i went through pretty much every position end this is all i really saw. -C Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Eagles. Age: 30. -DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Lions. Age: 30 Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB, Titans. Age: 30. -DT Ndamukong Suh, DT, Rams. Age: 32 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 29 Corey Liuget, DT, Chargers. Age: 29. -RB Spencer Ware, RB, Cheifs. Age:27 -FB Mike Burton, FB, Bears. Age: 27 I could see us continuing to bolster the Dline and OLB more than anywhere. Looking at this list, there is some talent but i'm not sure we want to pay these guys Vet price tags. Theres nobody left on the oline except Wisniewski. He lost his job last year and seems to not be as good as his name is popular. I also think we've got everyone there we want and it will be a tough competition for C/RG.... and maybe RT. Ware/Burton could be nice additions to the RB room. I keep hearing you guys say FB should be a part of this offense and we dont have one. Burton can catch and is a very good lead blocker. Ware is probably as good as Fluellen and definitely more proven. JRob has done a fantastic job. Usually at this point you could point to 15-20 guys pretty easily you think would be upgrades or good later additions. At this point, I'm struggling to find 3 or 4.
  7. Ziggy was a big ticket FA last year before the tag. This year he is unsigned. He will get a one year prove it deal. Whats the reason though? He’s very talented. Injuries and inconsistencies? i think we should give him a look. Why not offer Suh a two year deal? Even a one year deal? Is he waiting to return to the Rams?
  8. What anyone could imagine came to reallity..Burfit who got caught up in a trash-talk, hard hit battle against Brown, he also got signed by the Raiders. The Raiders had been far from what they were expected to be during 2018..yet they signed one of the top WRs. And signing Burfit doesn't seem to bother Brown..who was fed up (ego issues?) at Pittsburgh. If these signings are the remain pieces to make the Raiders competitive again..would be surprising if they do that with the weak or not so constant OL they showcased during past season.
  9. When the New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman hoisted the Super Bowl MVP Trophy above his head in February, it marked another big step for the NFL’s little guys — slot receivers. Increasing in both production and value over the past several years, slot receivers totaled more catches and more yards last season than in any of the past four, which is as far back as the position has been specifically tracked by the league. The Titans haven’t had a consistent slot threat in more than half a decade, dating back to some of Kendall Wright’s early seasons. But they should join the growing trend in 2019. With last week’s addition of Adam Humphries, the Titans have one of the top slot receivers in the game. He’s no game-breaker, of course. Very few slot receivers are, which is why they sometimes can be overlooked by fans. But the most important traits Humphries brings to the table — the ability to quickly gain separation, produce first downs and serve as Marcus Mariota’s security blanket of sorts — are ones that have been missing from the Titans’ wide receiver group for years. SLOT RECEIVERS: PICKING UP THE PRODUCTION Year* Catches* Yards* YAC* TD 2018 2,467 30,284 12.319 5 2017 2,177 26,797 12.317 2 2016 2,406 28,629 11.919 1 2015 2,283 28,015 12.319 6 NFL *slot receivers over the past four seasons, per the NFL’s Next Gen Stats That’s why Titans general manager Jon Robinson dropped a four-year, $36 million contract on Humphries, a figure in line with slot receivers’ growing worth in the NFL. This offseason alone, four of the league’s top five wide-receiver contracts have gone to slot guys, per Spotrac: In addition to Humphries, there was Golden Tate (four years, $37.5 million with the Giants), Cole Beasley (four years, $29 million with Buffalo) and Jamison Crowder (three years, $28.5 million with the Jets). “I think by the monetary resources allocated to the (slot receiver) position, I think the importance of it has shown, if you look at just that side of it,” Robinson said. “But I think it’s an important position (otherwise) … It’s your win guy. When you’ve got to have 4 yards or you’ve got to have 7 yards, he’s got to be able to win. I think that’s an important piece of your football team, and I feel like we’ve got a good one now.” A toughness element In Tampa Bay, Humphries became more and more a part of the Buccaneers’ offense in each of his four seasons there, culminating in his career-best year of 2018 — 76 catches, 816 yards and five touchdowns. One of the reasons for his growing significance was the relationship he built with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, a strategy he hopes to emulate with Mariota in Music City. “Me and Jameis stayed after practice the majority of our days, just working,” Humphries said. “Jameis is a guy that held me accountable for everything. We’d meet in the room together and go over film, just have player-led meetings, you know, trusting each other, really — just knowing I was going to be in the right spot at the right time. “That’s something I’m looking forward to, creating a relationship with (Mariota). Getting a lot of good work in this offseason, and hopefully translate that into Sundays.” As good as his relationship with Winston was, the Bucs’ quarterbacks wouldn’t have targeted him 311 times in four years had he not consistently found a way to get open. Creating that separation has become a specialty of Humphries, who’s finished among the league leaders in that category over the past three years. He averaged 3.6 yards of separation per catch last year, sixth-best among all slot receivers, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Humphries finished eighth in the league in 2017 and 2016, averaging 3.4 yards of separation per catch. What’s the secret of shaking defensive backs so quickly? “It’s short-area quickness, understanding you’re just not much of a vertical threat, so you have to have short-area quickness,” Humphries said. “You have to have change of direction, and just be able to separate from a smaller, quicker guy covering you. So it’s not easy. There are some great nickels in this league. Obviously, I take a lot of pride in creating separation and getting yards after catch.” A good slot receiver doesn’t have the option of being a diva, either, as short-yardage catches in tight quarters often lead to taking wicked thumps from linebackers or safeties. “I’ve taken some hits in my career,” Humphries said. “It’s not fun, but it is fun moving the sticks and it’s something I take pride in.” Proximity to the line of scrimmage also necessitates being a good run-blocker, a characteristic the 5-11, 195-pound Humphries knows is important. Pro Football Focus gave him a 67.3 run-blocking grade last season, which was tops on the Bucs but ranked behind the Titans’ Taywan Taylor (81.6) and Corey Davis (72.4). “Those are intimidating blocks,” Humphries said of his aggressive style on crack-back blocks. “I just know everything shows up on film. Those things are just little things that stand out, that can propel you to being a great player.” Added Robinson: “There’s got to be a toughness element with that player because you’re closer to the core, the formation, so you’re going to be involved in the run game.” But there’s also an intangible element to being a good slot receiver, one that Humphries — who finished first among slot receivers in receiving first downs (42) and tied for second in receptions (59) — seems to have mastered. “I just think it’s a feel for the game, a feel for coverages,” Humphries said. “Obviously, you have to be on the same page with the quarterback, with hot (routes) and blitzes. Just being a security blanket for him sometimes.” Back in the game The kind of numbers Humphries’ put up strictly from the slot last season — 59 catches and 666 yards — haven’t been recorded in Nashville since 2013, when Wright posted 63 receptions and 694 yards from the slot in his second season. In fact, the Titans haven’t had a receiver in the slot catch as many as 30 passes — or gain as many as 350 yards — over the past four seasons. TITANS’ SLOT LEADERS Year Player* Catches* Yards* Average* TD 2018 Adam Humphries 59 666 11.3 3 Year Player* Catches* Yards* Average* TD 2018 Corey Davis 27 301 11.2 3 2017 Eric Decker 27 256 9.5 1 2016 Kendall Wright 24 333 13.9 2 2015 Kendall Wright 22 255 11.6 2 2014 Kendall Wright 44 556 12.6 5 2013 Kendall Wright 63 694 11.0 2 Per Pro Football Focus / * Designates catches from the slot The league, meanwhile, seemed to be moving in the other direction. In 2018, for instance, four of the NFL’s top seven pass-catchers — Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, Packers receiver Davante Adams and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster — all operated primarily out of the slot. Expect the Titans to jump on board that league trend next season, when the addition of Humphries should help an offense that recorded the fourth-fewest passing first downs in the league. A team that’s gone too long without production from the slot, the Titans now have one of the league’s best at the position. “It’s a role that I love,” Humphries said. “It’s coveted around this league, and it can help take offenses to the next level. So I take a lot of pride in that, take a lot of pride in getting first downs, making clutch third-down catches. I’m going to continue to do that here.”
  10. Barring any last-minute snags, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign free-agent quarterback Nick Foles to a multiyear contract when the new league year opens next week, according to sources. Teams are not allowed to talk deals with free agents until March 11, and no deals can be announced until the start of the new league year on March 13. The Jaguars are expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles and install Foles as their starter. Jacksonville will have to pay $6.5 million of Bortles' 2019 salary, which was fully guaranteed when he signed his current contract last year. The Jaguars' expected signing of Foles was first reported by Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Wednesday that the team would not place the franchise tag on Foles, leaving him a free agent. "He deserves an opportunity to lead a team," Roseman said.
  11. Now as phase 2 of FA starts. What are some moves you’d like to see the organization make? I’d like for us to reach out to Cincinnati and see what it would take to move AJ Green. I’d offer a third this year and a third next year. If Green is a no-go. I’d offer our sixth round pick for John Ross. The OL has big name players available, but they are all older players. I'd reach out to Ryan Schraeder or Matt Kalil to see if they were interested in moving to RG. For DL I’d consider Adrian Clayborn. He's not great at anything, but he would be more of a pass rushing threat than Jones. I would like like to see us take a chance on OLB Shane Ray. He hasn’t been great, but he did have eight sacks a few seasons ago. Not a need, but I’d reach out to Darqueze Dennard at CB. Let him compete with Simms. None of these players will demand a big salary. I'm not advocating signing everyone on the list, but these are players that could start at a minimum upgrade our dept. Thoughts?
  12. Posted this the other day, but then saw this article pop up on Titans Online... "Weddle took Titans safety Kevin Byard under his wing when he first arrived in the NFL, and he’s watched him grow." "Weddle, a 12-year pro, said he’s been a big fan of Byard’s since he arrived in the NFL as a third-round pick from MTSU in 2016. The two talk roughly every other week during the season, Weddle said." “I watch basically every game of his, and try and help him out throughout the season,” Weddle said of Byard. “I try and be there for him, as a guy who will listen in the ups and downs of the season. Just seeing him and how he has grown, it's awesome. Under Dean, he is always going to make impact plays, but he has expanded his game, manning guys up and being around the box more and blitzing. Dean will get his game to even greater heights for sure." When I saw the news that he has changed his mind and is willing to play for another team if the Ravens cut him, my ears perked up. I think if he were to be released (I kind of bet they bring him back for another year), we could target him. There are two scenarios in which we could sign him: Sign Vaccaro to a cheap deal, cut Cyprien, sign Weddle OR alternatively, let Vaccaro walk and make Cyprien take a big paycut. Have them all rotate situationally - Weddle is mostly a free safety, but has some versatility. Not sure he's good enough in the box to be a real strong safety - so having Cyprien or Vaccaro along with the other two would be ideal situationally. The other would be to let both go and then let Weddle and Byard play interchangeable. This could also work. Cruikshank could continue to develop behind Weddle and Byard. The connections between Pees/Byard and Weddle make way too much sense for him to be a target if he got cut, even though this position isn't a need. Weddle is the smartest, most savvy safety in the NFL. Putting him, Byard, and Logan Ryan on the field at once would be like having three premier players that are also basically coaches in the secondary and could give you a ridiculous amount of flexibility. I'll be keeping an eye on ole Weddle.
  13. As we prepare for the draft, we also have to prepare for Free Agency. Here is a list of the upcoming free agents at several positions of need: