Titans Co-Owner Selling Her Stake in Team

Susie Adams Smith is selling her share of the Titans’ parent company, KSA Industries, which was founded by her late father, Bud Adams, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.

The company includes several businesses in addition to the NFL team, including oil, gas and real estate.

Her sister, Amy Adams Strunk, also owns one-third of the company and will remain the team’s controlling owner.

The Titans released a statement on Tuesday afternoon from Adams Strunk:

“Recently Susie (Smith) began the process of selling her portion of KSA Industries, which includes a fractional indirect interest in the Tennessee Titans. We respect her right to make this decision and will cooperate fully with the process, which will not impact team operations in any way.

“Regardless of the outcome of this process, I will continue to serve as the controlling owner of the Titans. The remaining two-thirds of the team controlled by myself, Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis is not and has never been for sale.

“Both personally and as a group, we have invested time, effort and capital to improve this franchise and we are excited to see the results on and off the field for years go come.”

Earlier today, Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood told Bloomberg: “Amy Strunk before, after and during the sale will remain in full and complete control of Titans operations. Literally nothing will change about our day-to-day operations.”

Forbes valued the Titans at $2 billion in 2016, making Smith’s stake worth approximately $660 million. The Titans are the 24th most-valuable team in the league.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Progressing, Still Feeling Leg Stiffness

Marcus Mariota is starting to feel the toll the NFL takes your body, Colton Pouncy of the Tennessean reports. Especially when coming off of a fractured fibula like the one Mariota suffered in December.

“It takes me a little longer to warm up,” Mariota said when asked about his leg at Thursday’s Titans training camp practice, slightly laughing. “It gets stiff once practice kind of stops and we’re done for the day. But that’s just how it is. That’s what’s going to happen. If I gotta spend an extra five to 10 minutes to get my body prepared, I’ll do that.”

Mariota hasn’t hesitated to roll out. He’s throwing on the run and planting on that surgically repaired right leg that has a metal plate.

“It’s feeling better with every day,” Mariota said. “We haven’t had a setback or anything like that. So, you know, a lot of credit goes to the training staff here for helping me get warmed up and helping me once the practice is done getting prepared for the next day.”

Titans Ink Former Colts OLB Erik Walden

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The Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Colts outside linebacker and MTSU standout Erik Walden, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean has confirmed.

Walden, who turns 32 in August, set career highs with 11 sacks and three forced fumbles last season, his fourth with Indianapolis. He started all 16 games.

Walden was a sixth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008 after he was twice named first-team All-Sun Belt as a defensive end at MTSU.

Walden has also played for the Chiefs, Dolphins and Packers, winning Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay in 2010. But he didn’t play in the game after suffering an ankle injury in the NFC Championship, which has “kind of been haunting me,” he told the Indianapolis Star in 2015.

“That’s been my motivation, to get back to that show, and, Lord willing this time, to be able to play,” he said.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Feels Ready to Go For Training Camp


Marcus Mariota is ready to go for Titans training camp after spending the offseason recovering from a broken right leg, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports. The players report Friday and the first practice is Saturday.

“I feel great,” Mariota told the team’s website on Tuesday. “With camp starting on Friday I think my body is in good shape, and I can’t wait to get it going.”

Mariota had surgery after fracturing his right fibula at Jacksonville in the second-to-last game last season. He spent much of the offseason rehabbing in Hawaii and Oregon and was a limited participant during the Titans’ offseason workouts.

“I will be ready to go with everything,” Mariota said during a stop at DeKalb County High School, one of four promotional visits he’s making to Tennessee highs schools as part of the Titans’ affiliation with Saint Thomas Health. “I will be full-go in practice, and I will be able to do everything with the guys. And I am excited about that because I wasn’t able to do it in OTAs. It should be a lot of fun.”

Titans Release Super Cool ‘Pump Up’ Video for Upcoming Camp and Season


Fans have high hopes for the Titans this season, and with camp getting ready to kickoff this week, the team today put out a tweet with a sweet two minute video getting fans pumped up for camp and the season in less than two months.

Titans OL Sebastian Tretola Shot in Leg Early Sunday; Released from Hospital


Titans lineman Sebastian Tretola was shot in the leg early Sunday morning in Arkansas, Jessica Bliss of the Tennessean reports.

The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred about 2 a.m. in a parking lot near the Sterling District Apartments off Dickson Street, according to KNWA-TV.

A family member confirmed to the television station that Tretola was injured in a shooting.

The Titans issued this statement Sunday acknowledging the shooting and said the injuries were minor:

“We are aware of the reports that Sebastian received treatment for a wound when he was grazed by a bullet.

“He has been released from the hospital and is thankful only for a minor injury.”

Titans Visit with Free Agent Wide Out Eric Decker

In his first day as a free agent, wide receiver Eric Decker is meeting with the Tennessee Titans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports via Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

Decker was officially released from the New York Jets on Tuesday after the team couldn’t find a trade partner. The team announced Monday it would release the veteran receiver.

The 30-year-old is coming off a torn rotator cuff and hip injury that required surgery last year and relegated him to just three games in his final season with the Jets.

A Rundown of All the Tennessee Titans 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Titans 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 5 (No. 5 overall)

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: A prime example of how the pre-draft build can be misleading. Davis had to sit out the combine and Western Michigan’s pro day because of an ankle injury, so many predicted a draft-night slide. But nothing ever changed the fact that Davis is an outstanding talent and the most pro-ready receiver in this class. The Titans managed to find some production last season in guys like Rishard Matthews, but no one on their roster can match Davis’s all-around game. Assuming his ankle is back to 100% sometime this summer, he can be the No. 1 receiver on the Titans’ roster in short order. GRADE: A

Round 1, Pick 18 (No. 18)

Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC: Cornerback and wide receiver always was the clearest path for Tennessee in Round 1. Mission accomplished in Corey Davis and now Jackson. The combination of Jackson’s playmaking skills on defense, explosive talents as a return man and out-of-this-world athleticism put him in the first-round mix. How successful this pick turns out to be depends on whether or not Jackson can make up for his deficiencies on defense. He has the speed, obviously, but not the size or obvious strength. It’s a bit high for my tastes, but there aren’t a lot of athletes like Jackson.? GRADE: B-

Round 3, Pick 8 (No. 72)

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky: A bit of a curious one, if only because the Titans sent picks 83 and 124 to New England for this selection and No. 200. The Titans also already brought in Corey Davis, so they should be set at the receiver spots now. If Davis is the high-volume guy, Taylor can be their big-play, speed option. Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 36 (No. 100)

Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU: Is that enough weapons for Marcus Mariota yet? Add Smith to the Titans’ earlier haul at wide receiver: Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. Smith is similar in game to Delanie Walker, so it’s interesting that the Titans did not go find a completely different type at the position.? Grade: B

Round 5, Pick 11 (No. 155) Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA

Round 6, Pick 34 (No. 217) Corey Levin, OL, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Round 7, Pick 9 (No. 227) Josh Carraway, OLB, TCU

Round 7, Pick 18 (No. 236) Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova

Round 7, Pick 23 (No. 241) Khalfani Muhammad, RB, Cal