Need #1: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • Derrick Henry (was the best RB in the NFL last season, it was Henry - not Tannehill - who was most responsible for the midseason turnaround and two playoff victories, while his running style carries a long-term durability risk - the Titans have no choice but to extend him - he is unquestionably the most valuable and important player on the team)
  • Dion Lewis (in his two seasons with the Titans he's averaged an underwhelming 3.6 ypc and scored only 3 TDs, his production in the passing game hasn't been particularly dynamic either, the team will likely move on this offseason) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • None

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Titans will need to resign or replace their most valuable player in Derrick Henry. A capable RB2 will be needed as well. 

Updates:

  • Released Dion Lewis
  • Franchise-tagged Derrick Henry 
  • Signed Senorise Perry (special teamer, only 11 carries over four career seasons) 
  • Drafted in 3rd Round: Darrynton Evans (ultra-productive career at Appalachian State, ran for 1,480 yards and 18 TDs in 2019, also had success as a kick returner, runs with agility and patience but lacks power, had an excellent Combine, should excel in an RB2 role but also prove capable if pressed into the starting lineup)
  • Extended Derrick Henry (deserves every penny based off 2019 performance alone) 

Need #2: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Ryan Tannehill (saved the Titans in 2019 - went 7-3 as a starter and took the team to the AFC Title game - beating the Patriots and Ravens in the process, was incredibly efficient from a performance standpoint: 70% completion percentage, 2,742 passing yards, and 22 TDs to only 6 INTs, but make no mistake - he is still more a game-manager type who's success mostly came from play-action, he threw for only 72 yards in the Wild Card game and 88 yards in the Divisional Round - it worked - but requires the Titans running game and defense to have momentum on their side - which will not always be the case - see the AFC title game, he's not really the type of QB who can put the team on his back and will them to victory, while the Titans will almost certainly resign him - they'd be better off pursuing a more dynamic QB) 
  • Marcus Mariota (his college game has not transitioned to the pro game, 2019 was his worst season to date - with a 59.4% completion percentage and only 7.5 yards per pass attempt, the offense showed no signs of life with him as a starter - but seemed to instantly rise once Tannehill took over, time to move on) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Logan Woodside (undersized QB with limited arm strength, has never thrown an NFL pass, performance in the AAF was nothing more than average, at this point can't be considered much more than a camp arm) 

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Titans will need to resign or replace Tannehill at starting QB. A new backup will also be needed. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Ryan Tannehill
  • Drafted in 7th Round: Cole McDonald (2-year year starter at Hawaii, tremendous production over the past two seasons, threw for 4,135 yards and 33 TDs in 2019, completion percentage improved 5% from 2018 to 2019, checks boxes in terms of size and ran the fastest 40-time among all QBs at the Combine, his throwing motion/release is unconventional - as is the Hawaii offensive system - so there is some obvious and long-term development required, but he holds very intriguing upside and should be a nice project for the Titans) 
  • Signed Trevor Siemian (it took them long enough - but the Titans finally have added a capable backup)
  • Released Cole McDonald (a bit surprising since he was considered a developmental QB)

Need #3: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jack Conklin (2016 1st rounder, has started 57/57 games at RT since being drafted, quality of play has been strong, he's a borderline top 10 RT, but the price to retain him may be too high for the Titans) 
  • Dennis Kelly (experienced swing tackle, 31 career starts - including 9 over the past two seasons, played well when given the opportunity last year and could be viewed as a replacement for Conklin)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Taylor Lewan (one of the league's best LTs, excellent pass protector and run-blocker, plays with as much physicality as any lineman in the game, he's signed through the 2023 season) 

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Titans need to resign or replace Conklin at RT and resign or replace Kelly at swing tackle. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Dennis Kelly (signed to a 3-year, $21 million deal - that's starter money) 
  • Signed Ty Sambrailo (similar player to Kelly - has spent most of his career as a backup but has played well when given an opportunity to start, will likely compete with Kelly for the RT job - with the loser becoming the swing tackle) 
  • Drafted in 1st Round: Isaiah Wilson (mammoth-sized at 6-5, 350 with 35 1/2 inch arms, 2-year starter at UGA, at times can win with sheer size alone but is also quite agile and explosive from a movement standpoint, there were dominant moments on tape in pass protection and as a run blocker, from a technical standpoint he still has some work to do - but with his size and physical traits the upside is seemingly limitless, still this was a mildly surprising selection given the substantial contract they gave Kelly and the signing of Sambrailo)

Need #4: Edge

Notable Free Agents:

  • Kamalei Correa (made five starts in 2019 and recorded 5 sacks and 6 TFL, showed enough promise to be in contention for a starting job in 2020) 
  • Reggie Gilbert (reserve edge rusher, recorded 1 sack in 2019, also contributes on special teams) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Harold Landry (2018 2nd rounder, established himself as the team's top edge rusher last season with 9 sacks and 12 TFL, if he can build off the momentum - Pro Bowl honors in 2020 are likely) 
  • D'Andre Walker (2019 5th rounder, missed his entire rookie season with an injury, had a solid college career and projected as a possible starter coming out of UGA, so if he can stay healthy - he should blossom into a solid contributor in 2020) 
  • Cameron Wake (2.5 sacks in 2019, was placed on IR in November, he is an effective rotational rusher but at 38 years old - the organization may opt to move on) 

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Titans need to add a new starter and rotational depth. 

Updates: 

  • Released Cameron Wake
  • Reigned Kamalei Correa 
  • Resigned Reggie Gilbert 
  • Signed Vic Beasley (seemed destined for stardom after a 15.5 sack season in 2016 - but has only produced 18.5 sacks in the three seasons since then, he's got talent and should be an upgrade in Tennessee - but consistency has been an issue for him) 

Need #5: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Logan Ryan (played out of the slot in 2019, recorded an impressive 4 INTs, 4 FF, and 4.5 sacks - but performance in coverage was mixed, he's a nice fit in the Titans scheme and brings a great deal of experience and leadership to the table, a resigning makes sense) 
  • Tramaine Brock (seemed to play well after being claimed off waivers in December, but the team will probably pursue younger depth options in the offseason) 
  • LeShaun Sims (2016 5th rounder, 11 career starts and 56 game appearances, has probably not shown enough over his time with the team to warrant a resigning) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Adoree Jackson (2017 1st rounder, has quietly developed into one of the league's more promising young corners, despite missing 5 games due to injury - 2019 was his best season to date, he has Pro Bowl potential heading into 2020) 
  • Malcolm Butler (solid starting corner, played in 9 games in 2019 before landing on IR with a wrist injury, could be cut in the offseason to free up cap space) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Titans have a strong starting duo in Jackson and Butler but will need to resign or replace Ryan in the nickel spot. Depth must also be brought in - especially if Butler is cut/traded. 

Updates:

  • Drafted in 2nd Round: Kristian Fulton (sat out the entire 2017 season due to a drug test suspension, played well upon being reinstated in 2018 and even better in 2019, checks boxes in terms of size/length and has excellent speed/athletic ability, there is some room for refinement in coverage and as a tackler, but he has the talent to develop into a Pro Bowler)
  • Signed Jonathan Joseph (has been a reliable starter since entering the league back in 2006! though his performance may have regressed a bit last season, at 36 years old he is not a long-term solution - but provides quality depth and experience, this signing coupled with the selection of Fulton will only increase speculation that Butler is on his way out) 

Need #6: Tight End / Fullback

Notable Free Agents:

  • MyCole Pruitt (operated at the TE3 last season, caught 6 passes for 90 yards and a TD)
  • Anthony Firkser (took over as TE2 after Walker got injured, had some nice moments and reeled in two postseason TDs, is undersized but has above-average movement skills) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jonnu Smith (emerged as a borderline TE1 in 2019, reeled in 35 passes for 439 yards, and 3 TDs, has the athletic ability to take another step forward in 2020) 
  • Delanie Walker (injuries have limited him to only 8 game appearances over the past two seasons, when healthy he's still a solid contributor - but it's tough to rely on his health at this point, the Titans will likely move on this offseason) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Titans need to resign or replace the depth (Firkser/Pruitt) behind Smith. 

Updates:

  • Released Delanie Walker 
  • Resigned MyCole Pruitt
  • Resigned Anthony Firkser
  • Signed Geoff Swaim (experienced backup TE, functional blocker)

Need #7: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • Tajae Sharpe (has bounced in and out of the starting lineup since being drafted in 2016, he's best suited for WR3/4 role) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • A.J. Brown (2019 2nd rounder, had a monster rookie year with 52 catches for 1,051 yards and 8 TDs, averaged over 20 yards per catch! with his explosive athletic ability and talent - the sky's the limit for him going into 2020) 
  • Corey Davis (5th overall pick in 2017, career has largely been a disappointment relative to his Top 5 status, though he has flashed WR1 playmaking ability at times and still has the talent to emerge into a consistent threat)
  • Adam Humphries (did not live up to his 4-year, $36 million contract - but it was not his fault - as he caught 79% of his targets, the blame should fall on the front office for paying that kind of money to a player who was only targeted 47 times, while overpaid - he does provide Tannehill with a reliable slot target) 
  • Khalif Raymond (excelled as a kick-returner in 2019, was not featured much offensively but did have a big TD catch in the playoffs - which could lead to a larger offensive role going forward) 

Need Level: Moderate 

Need to Address:

  • 2020 will likely be the last season for Corey Davis in Tennessee - so the Titans could begin the search for a WR2 replacement. Depth must also be addressed. 

Need #8: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Austin Johnson (rotational run-stuffer, 13 career starts over 4 seasons in Tennesee) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jurrell Casey (long-time stalwart DL, excellent run-stuffer and solid pass rusher, very consistent and durable, 5x Pro Bowler, he is 30 years old but hasn't shown many of signs of slowing down, still has 3 years left on contract)
  • Jeffrey Simmons (2019 1st rounder, missed the first half of the season with an ACL injury but flashed dominant ability once he got on the field, ended up starting 7 games and finished the year with 2 sacks and 4 TFL, has the talent to develop into a force of nature going forward) 
  • Daquan Jones (excellent run-defender but does generate much pass-rush)
  • Isaiah Mack (2019 UDFA, recorded 1.5 sacks as a rotational player last season) 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • The Titans have three strong starters on the line in Casey, Simmons, and Jones. All they need to do is address rotational depth and possibly begin developing a replacement for Casey. 

Updates:

  • Traded Jurrell Casey (received a 2021 6th round pick in return, evidently they wanted to get out of his contract, he will not be an easy player to replace) 
  • Signed Jack Crawford (veteran rotational DL, 6.5 sacks over his past 3 seasons in ATL - but only recorded 0.5 in 2019, he will be 32 in November) 
  • Drafted in 5th Round: Larrell Murchison (spent 2 years at JUCO and 2 years at NC ST, very productive over his 2 seasons at NC ST - 11 sacks, 20 TFL, Combine testing was nothing special but he plays with a relentless motor and has a knack for getting the job done, solid pick) 

Need #9: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents: 

  • Wesley Woodyard (appeared in 15 games but only started 2, will be 34 years old when the 2020 season begins - which makes a return to the Titans unlikely) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Rashaan Evans (2018 1st rounder, started 16/16 games, led the team in tackles and was in on a number of big plays, is particularly strong vs. the run, but coverage and missed tackles can be problematic) 
  • Jayon Brown (2017 5th rounder, started 14 games, excellent coverage LB, ranked third on the team in terms of tackles, he's a strong candidate for a contract extension) 
  • David Long Jr. (2019 3rd rounder, did not see the much action as a rookie, he was a productive LB in college - so a year two jump is certainly possible) 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address: 

  • The Titans have two promising starters in Evans and Brown, plus a promising backup in Long Jr. Depth is the only need here. 

Updates:

  • Signed Nick Dzubnar (special teams ace) 
  • Signed Will Compton (veteran LB, offers starting and special teams experience)

Need #10: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Roger Saffold (started 16/16 games at LG, was brutal early on but turned it around at the mid-season mark and ended up being selected as a Pro Bowl alternate, he played a significant role in Derrick Henry's rise) 
  • Nate Davis (2019 3rd rounder, started 12 games at RG, struggled for most of his rookie year - but did show improvement late in the season, he deserves another shot to start in 2020)
  • Ben Jones (started 15 games at center and had the best season of his career - excelling in pass protection and as a run blocker)
  • Jamil Douglas (struggled across 5 starts at RG in 2019, but offers guard/center versatility) 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • The Titans are set in terms of starters - but need to add depth. 

Updates:

  • Signed Avery Gennesy (signed following his brief stint in the XFL, was a good college player who went undrafted due to poor athletic testing numbers, will compete for backup work with the Titans)

Need #11: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Greg Joseph (took over at kicker in December, made one FG in the playoffs and went 18 for 18 on XPs, in 2018 he made 17 of 20 FGs as a Brown) 
  • Ryan Succop (spent the first half of the season on IR, went 1 for 6 on FGs upon activation - he won't be brought back) 
  • Brett Kern (arguably the league's best punter, 1st Team All-Pro in 2019) 

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Titans need to bring in competition for Joseph at kicker. 

Updates:

  • Released Ryan Succop 
  • Signed Stephen Gostkowski (accuracy has been declining in recent years - though injuries are probably the culprit, if healthy he'll bring much more stability to the position)
  • Released Greg Joseph

Need #12: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Kevin Byard (the best ball-hawking safety in football, 17 INTs over the past three seasons, elite in coverage but also solid vs. the run, a legit defensive superstar, he signed a five-year extension last offseason) 
  • Kenny Vaccaro (box-safety, has been a solid scheme fit since joining the team in 2018, is strong vs. the run and holds up pretty well in coverage) 
  • Amani Hooker (2019 4th rounder, mainly played special teams as a rookie, was effective covering out of the slot in college - so he could factor into that role in 2020 - if Logan Ryan is not retained)
  • Dane Cruikshank (one of the league's best special teamers, does not receive many snaps at safety - but has flashed upside when given the opportunity) 

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Titans have an excellent starting duo in Byard and Vaccaro (and both of them are signed long-term). They also have a promising young backup in Hooker. There is not much needed at this position. 

Updates:

  • Signed Ibraheim Campbell (box safety - will provide experienced depth and contribute on special teams) 
  • Drafted in 7th Round: Chris Jackson (4-year starter, excellent ball production: 45 career PBUs and 7 career INTs, tested well at Pro Day, heavily penalized player - so technique needs work, but there is sleeper potential)