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Report: Titans Not Interested in Brady, Agree to Deal with QB Tannehill

Many Titans fans feel that going out and grabbing soon-to-be free agent quarterback Tom Brady is the best way to put the team over the top and into position to make a Super Bowl run.

Sunday afternoon ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Titans were never close to getting anything done with Brady, and instead are going back to the quarterback who took them to the AFC Title Game last season in Ryan Tannehill.

Jeff Darlington reports that the deal in total is set to pay Tannehill a total of $91 million guaranteed over four seasons.

Last season Tannehill saved the season for the Titans, as he put up a 117.5 QB rating, throwing for 22 touchdowns and six interceptions with 2742 total yards.

He started the season as the backup to Marcus Mariota, but after Mariota struggled was given a shot under center and made the most of it.

Mariota is set to be a free agent, and many think that he will leave the Titans for a city like Chicago to play for the Bears, who need a quarterback to push current starter Mitch Trubisky, who took a step back in 2019.

Titans Release Tight End Delanie Walker and Kicker Ryan Succop

The Titans on Friday made a pair of roster moves, releasing tight end Delanie Walker an kicker Ryan Succop. reports that Walker had “failed physical” attached to his designation.

It’s been a busy week for the Titans, who on Thursday said good-bye to veteran outside linebacker Cameron Wake and running back Dion Lewis.

“In my time here with Delanie, he has been an absolute pro on the field, in the locker room, and his production speaks for itself,” TItans GM Jon Robinson said.

“He was a leader, a captain, and a highly respected member of this team. His toughness, competitiveness, attitude and professionalism are what we expect from our players. I want to wish him all of the best moving forward and he will forever be a Titan great.”

From 2013-2018, Walker’s 356 receptions and 4,156 receiving yards with 26 touchdowns set a franchise high for a tight end in any consecutive five-year period.

In the end injuries did in the 35-year-old, leading to him getting cut. The move will save the Titans $6.4 million in 2020.

Succop had a tough 2019, as he battled injuries. He underwent knee surgery over the offseason, and never seemed to get right once he returned.

The veteran kicker was 1-of-6 on his tries this season before he was shut down. He did go 24-25 on extra points. He was eventually replaced by Greg Joseph at the end of the season.

What’s the Status of the Titans Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In? has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Titans could always use another wide out, and it will come down to how they want to spend their money in free agency.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Titans receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: A.J. Brown (52-1,051-8), Corey Davis (43-601-2), Adam Humphries (37-374-2).

Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith’s architecture, the resurgence of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Brown’s rookie breakout created a more efficient passing game than we all expected ahead of last season. (And, yes, the team got a big assist in that area from Derrick Henry’s impact on the ground.) Titans receivers dropped just eight passes all year, the least in the NFL, per PFF. Adding scheme fits to the receiving corps is likely a second-tier priority after figuring out who the pass-thrower will be (and also settling Henry’s contract status).

Titans Want to Get Ryan Tannehill Under Contract Before Free Agency

The Titans have a tough decision to make this offseason when it comes to the quarterback position, as the club would love to do whatever it takes to get back 2019 postseason hero Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill helped the Titans top the Patriots and upset the Ravens before they eventually lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.

Now Tannehill is a free agent, and if the Titans don’t tag him or get him inked before free agency starts, he likely is going to get offers from teams that need quarterbacks.

Ian Rapoport of spoke today about Tannehill, and what the Titans game plan is when it comes to getting a deal done with the veteran quarterback.

If the Titans do use the franchise tag on Tannehill, it’s going to run about $27 million for the team, all of which is guaranteed.

There is one major monkey wrench in all of this with the 31-year-old Tannehill, that being if the Titans can find a way, anyway, to talk soon to be free agent QB Tom Brady into coming to Tennessee.

If that happens, the team won’t need Tannehill, but it could take time and a whole lot of money and effort to get Brady to come to Nashville.

Video: Can the Titans Somehow Lure Tom Brady from New England to Play for Tennessee?

Could the Tennessee Titans be looking at a seismic shift at the quarterback spot for the 2020 season?

Well the team has decisions to make after making a surprising run to the AFC Title game last month, and Fox Sports 1 talker Colin Cowherd went on the air today and stated that he thinks that the Titans could be one of those teams that makes a possible run at future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady.

“Tennessee speaks Tom’s language,” Cowherd said.

Cowherd says he thinks there’s a 25 percent chance Tom ends up with the Titans, but that he still thinks that Tom will head back to the place he knows best – New England.

How quickly the odds would shift in the AFC and the entire NFL if the Titans can find a way to lure Brady from New England to Tennessee.

Here’s the complete 5-plus minute clip from earlier today:

Could TE Delanie Walker Be on the Chopping Block for the Titans This Offseason? has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Titans the site has picked tight end Delanie Walker as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Walker getting cut.

Tennessee Titans – TE Delanie Walker

Dead Cap Hit $1.66m, Cap Saving $6.7m

Between 2014 and 2017, Delanie Walker never had less than 63 receptions and 800 yards in a season for the Tennessee Titans. He signed a two-year extension prior to the 2018 season, a move that looked set to see him finish his career with the team. In the two seasons since he inked the deal, Walker has played only eight games thanks to two severe ankle sprains.

In his absence, the Titans have seen young Jonnu Smith emerge as something of a playmaker at the tight end spot for them. Smith had 35 receptions for 439 yards and 3 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season. His 0.40 Target NEP per target was the 11th-best among the 38 tight ends to see at least 40 targets. Walker’s salary is simply too large for a player coming off two serious injuries who may find himself behind a younger man on the depth chart. It would be cheaper and easier for the Titans to move on.

Titans Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees Announces Retirement

One day after an AFC Title game loss to the Chiefs, the Titans lost again on Monday, this time on their coaching staff as defensive coordinator Dean Pees has announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the NFL.

Pees is 70 years of age and battled some health issues during the 2018 season. He spent six years as the head coach at Kent State but has spent most of his lengthy football career as a defensive assistant.

Pees served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Patriots, Ravens and Titans from 2006-2019, leading a top-12 defense in points allowed per game in all but one year. He has Super Bowl rings from both the Patriots and the Ravens.

Pees did a great job in his two years as the DC under Mike Vrabel in Tennessee.

He deserves plenty of credit for holding the Patriots (13 points) and Ravens (12) in check during the Titans magical playoff run in January and will be greatly missed.

Titans Topple 14-2 Ravens, Pound Their Way to AFC Title Game with 28-12 Win in Baltimore

From Fox News:

The Tennessee Titans fear no one. Not even the NFL’s best team.

Why should they with Derrick Henry running — and even throwing — the ball, and a big-play defense making clutch stops and turnovers?

One week after dominating defending Super Bowl champion New England, Henry gained 195 yards rushing and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass in a 28-12 victory over the Ravens. Baltimore (14-3) had won its last 12 games, with quarterback Lamar Jackson setting records and looking unstoppable.

On Saturday night, it was Henry who was unstoppable.

Plus, Tennessee’s defense had two interceptions of Jackson, who also lost a fumble, and the Titans (11-7) twice stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-1.

Henry’s jump-pass to Corey Davis displayed yet another of his skills. He has completed three throws in four attempts in his career.

But it’s the way he plows over and through opponents that makes Henry — and the Titans — dangerous. Next week, they will go after their second Super Bowl trip and first since the 2000 season, either at Kansas City or Houston. The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all.

Tennessee scored all of its points off takeaways or fourth-down stops.

Ryan Tannehill’s throws to Jonnu Smith and Kalif Raymond, who missed the last two games in concussion protocol, gave Tennessee a 14-point edge.