This upcoming off-season is crucial for the Titans. This past year they were just a game away from the Super Bowl; and if they play their cards right, they could make the moves necessary to put them over the top.
As of right now, the Titans are projected to have anywhere from $50 – $55 million in cap space. With Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Logan Ryan, and Jack Conklin needing to be resigned, the Titans could release a couple of players to gain more salary cap. This would give them a better chance at resigning those four guys, or adding another big name in free agency.
The first guy that I think the Titans could release is Dion Lewis. Lewis only had one touchdown this past year to go along with 209 rushing yards and 164 receiving yards.
Delanie Walker has been a fan favorite for several years; but the last couple of seasons, he has been very limited because of injuries. I believe it is time to move on from the 35 year old tight end.
Cameron Wake is another older guy on the Titans roster who was plagued by injury this past year. He played 9 games and had 2.5 sacks. Wake is already 38 years old, and I think the Titans would be fine with just letting him go.
Daquan Jones finished this past season with one sack and ZERO tackles for loss. I was hoping to have more production from him this past year, but based on these stats, maybe the Titans should either let him go, or see what kind of assets they can get for him in a trade.
Ryan Succop is the last guy that the Titans should move on from. Succop has never really been known for his power, but after his injury this past year, he also lost his accuracy. He finished the season 1 for 6 on field goals.
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By getting rid of the guys listed above, the Titans salary cap could jump from $50 – 55 million up to $75 – $80 million. That would give them plenty of room to sign Henry, Tannehill, and either Logan Ryan or Jack Conklin. It would also leave them enough cap room to go after an edge rusher in free agency.
I think the Titans should pursue an edge rusher in free agency if they have the cap space available. I would like to see them go after Bud Dupree. Dupree finished last season with 11.5 sacks (tied for 9th in the league), 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 68 total tackles (16 TFL). Dupree finished the season with 23.5% of his tackles being a tackle for loss.
I feel like the Titans have the ability to make some big moves this off-season that will put them over the top. The Titans need to clear up as much cap room as possible so that they can re-sign Henry and Tannehill to long-term deals; as well as pursue top edge rushers to improve their defense. This could make all the difference in helping them get to the Super Bowl this next year.