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Team Salary Total
$ 149,540,501​
Cap Space
$ 19,823,748 (DM: $ 8,635,751)​
Roster size: 53

HC: Mike Vrabel / OC: Chip Kelly / DC: Perry Fewell


POS, Last Name, First Name; Cap # / Cut Dead $ _ (Trade Cap / Trade DM)

QB, Mariota, Marcus; $7,704,446 / -$7,704,446 _ ($3,736,905 / -$3,967,541)
QB, Anderson, Derek; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

RB, Miller, Lamar; $5,750,000 / -$0 _ ($5,750,000 / -$0) - via Trade
RB, Henry, Derrick; $1,474,890 / -$1,066,520 _ ($941,630 / -$1,066,520)
RB, Ekeler, Austin; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - via Trade
RB, Williams, Darrel; $497,817 - 7th Round Selection, 7.248

WR, Thomas, Demaryius; $8,500,000 / -$0 _ ($8,500,000 / -$0) - via Trade
WR, Davis, Corey; $5,771,534 / -$20,777,523 _ ($1,619,307 / -$8,320,842)
WR, Parker, DeVante; $1,918,164 / -$1,918,164 _ ($1,918,164 / -$0) - via Trade
WR, Taylor, Taywan; $859,003 / -$687,009 _ ($630,000 / -$687,009)
WR, Lasley, Jordan; $555,204 - 5th Round Selection, 5.145
WR, McKissic, JD; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - via Trade

TE, Burton, Trey; $8,000,000 / -$8,000,000 - Free Agent Signing
TE, Stocker, Luke; $1,137,500 / -$62,500 _ ($1,075,000 / -$62,500)
TE, Niklas, Troy; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

LT, Lewan, Taylor; $9,341,000 / -$0 _ ($9,341,000 / -$0)
LT, Waddle, LaAdrian; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

LG, Spain, Quinton; $2,916,000 / -$0 _ ($2,916,000 / -$0) - Tendered

C, Jones, Ben; $5,375,000 / -$1,750,000 _ ($4,500,000 / -$1,750,000)
C/G, Levin, Corey; $582,506 / -$82,518 _ ($555,000 / -$82,518)

RG, Richburg, Weston; $7,500,000 / -$7,500,000 - Free Agent Signing
RG, Wichmann, Cody; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0)

RT, Conklin, Jack; $4,335,725 / -$9,394,071 _ ($1,895,242 / -$4,880,966)
RT, Kelly, Dennis; $1,308,333 / -$266,667 _ ($1,175,000 / -$266,667)

LS, Brinkley, Beau; $1,268,000 / -$336,000 _ ($1,100,000 / -$336,000)

K, Schneider, Aidan; $500,000 - Undrafted Free Agent

P, Davidson, Joseph; $500,000 - Undrafted Free Agent


POS, Last Name, First Name; Cap # / Cut Dead $ _ (Trade Cap / Trade DM)

NT, Johnson, Austin; $1,544,244 / -$1,158,992 _ ($964,748 / -$1,158,992)
NT, Ricky Jean-Francois; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing
NT, Senat, Deadrin; $526,520 - 6th Round Selection, 6.177

DT, Casey, Jurrell; $14,920,000 / -$19,120,000 _ ($11,200,000 / -$8,520,000)
DT, King, David; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Tendered

DE, Orakpo, Brian; $9,000,000 / -$1,250,000 _ ($7,750,000 / -$1,250,000)
DE, Morgan, Derrick; $8,500,000 / -$1,500,000 _ ($7,000,000 / -$1,500,000)
DE, Dodd, Kevin; $1,786,992 / -$2,090,656 _ ($1,045,664 / -$1,482,656)
DE, Lynch, Aaron; $1,750,000 / -$1,750,000 - Free Agent Signing

MLB, Campbell, De'Vondre; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0) - via Trade
MLB, Armstrong, Ray Ray; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

OLB, Kennard, Devon; $3,250,000 / -$3,250,000 - Free Agent Signing
OLB, Harold, Eli; $1,905,000 / -$0 _ ($1,905,000 / -$0) - via Trade
OLB, Anthony, Stephone; $1,489,326 / -$0 _ ($1,489,326 / -$0) - via Trade

OLB, Armstrong, Dorance; $637,174 - 4th Round Selection, 4.125
OLB, Lamur, Emmanuel; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

CB, Ryan, Logan; $10,666,666 / -$3,333,334 _ ($10,000,000 / -$1,333,334)
CB, Jackson, Adoree'; $2,564,321 / -$9,231,555 _ ($977,864 / -$4,759,371)
CB, Jackson, Josh; $2,013,399 - 1st Round Selection, 1.25
CB, Sims, LeShaun; $689,546 / -$119,092 _ ($630,000 / -$119,092)
CB, Reed, Kalan; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0)

FS, Byard, Kevin; $1,008,831 / -$448,530 _ ($784,556 / -$448,530)
FS, Webb, Damon; $498,366 - 7th Round Selection, 7.245

SS, Heath, Jeff; $1,500,000 / -$0 _ ($1,500,000 / -$0) - via Trade
SS, Harrison, Ronnie; $859,994 - 2nd Round Selection, 2.57
SS, Trawick, Brynden; $1,750,000 / -$0 _ ($1,750,000 / -$0)


Practice Squad

FB Nick Bawden - $400,000
CB Mike Ford - $400,000
CB D'Montre Wade - $400,000
ILB Myles Pierce - $400,000
WR Taj Williams - $400,000
WR Byron Pringle - $400,000
QB Alex McGough - $400,000
QB Dalton Sturm - $400,000
TE Cam Sergine - $400,000
 
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Jan 20, 2018 – The Tennessee Titans announce the hiring of the franchise’s 19th head coach, Mike Vrabel.

February 12, 2018 – The Titans announced today that Mike Vrabel has filled his coaching vacancies. The Titans hired Chip Kelly, offensive coordinator, and Perry Fewell, defensive coordinator. Chip Kelly will be the offensive play-caller and one of his key objectives will be to keep the offensive humming and ensure the development of quarterback Marcus Mariota. Perry Fewell brings nearly two decades of NFL coaching experience to the Titans and will work to develop the young talented secondary and will be the main architect of the 3-4 to 4-3 conversion on defense. The defense will not be short of mentors with Fewell and and Vrabel, they will also benefit from Chip Kelly's experience who has a defensive coaching background as well.

March 5, 2018 – The first day of the GML opened with a bang as all teams commenced in a flurry of transactions, with the Titans accounting for 4 of the trades made within hours of the opening bell. The Titans parted ways with beloved tight end Delaine Walker, reliable wideout Rishard Matthews and a few other stable players on the first day of the league year.

New head coach Mike Vrabel and defensive back specialist Perry Fewell get a couple of new toys to play with in newly acquired linebackers Stephone Anthony (2015 1st round pick) and Eli Harold. Vrabel and his staff will be able to develop these young players with the goal of them contributing right away on defense and hopefully growing into core players in the years to come.

The Titans also revamped their receiving corps with the acquisition of Demaryius Thomas and Devante Parker. Thomas is one of the most reliable receivers in the game and has a few solid years left in him. Thomas will be a great target for Mariota and will be an outstanding role model for the young Titans receivers of the future; Corey Davis, Devante Parker and Taywan Taylor. The Titans General Manager is very gleeful at the potential of his team’s new group of pass catchers and cannot wait to see what Chip can do with this group. The Titans can only hope this group will be a nightmare for opposing defenses on gameday.

The Titans also made a small but significant move at the end of the day. In a deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, the Titans acquired running back Austin Ekeler. Ekeler has potential to be a great ‘Lighting’ to Henry’s ‘Thunder’.

March 7, 2018 - The news that the Titans acquired safety Jeff Heath was met with a collective shrug by Titans fans today. Should Titans fans be more excited about this deal? This reporter decided to examine the facts and was stunned by the discovery. Consider the numbers below;

[Player A – 2017 Stats]

88 combined tackles; 56 solo tackles; 1 forced fumble; 2 interceptions; 7 passes defended

[Player B – 2017 Stats]

71 combined tackles; 63 solo tackles; 3 forced fumbles; 3 interceptions; 5 passes defended​

Those players seem pretty comparable as far as stats go. Player A is Earl Thomas, Player B is Jeff Heath. No, I am not trying to convince you Heath is the same player as Thomas. What I am trying to show is Heath is a quality player who is very under-rated and will be a fine addition to this team and may win the starting Strong Safety job. Plus he is just cute as a button.

March 15, 2018 – The Titans announce the signing of Tight End Trey Burton and Offensive Lineman Weston Richburg. Sources say Chip Kelly is excited to get a second chance at Trey Burton. In his first go-around in the NFL Trey Burton was a rookie that did not get used much in the Eagle’s offense. Now that Burton has developed and found a role in the league, Chip is excited to get the most out of him.
Richburg comes to the Titans after an unfortunately short year due to injury in 2017. Richburg will serve as the Titans starting right guard and fill the spot left by Josh Kline. Richburg will hopefully fill in nicely and keep this offensive line secure as one the top lines in the league.

March 21, 2018 - The Titans announce the acquisition of running back Lamar Miller from a trade with the Patriots. The Titans were pursing a complementary back to Henry in free agency but prices were higher that the Titans were willing to go. Unable to secure a free agent running back the Titans GM was able to pull of a trade and in return acquired a dynamic running back that brings a nice blend of ball carrying and pass catching skills to the Titans backfield. The Titans may end up listing Miller as their starting tail back but Henry and Miller will share a fairly even split of the rushing duties with Henry handling most of the 1st and 2nd downs as well as goal line carries. The mood around Saint Thomas Sports Park is at an all-time high as front office staff are starting to believe that they have an offense that could take the league by storm.

March 24, 2018 - The Titans announced the signing of three free agents late Saturday. The Titans signed former Giants linebacker Devon Kennard to a deal worth around $3,500,000 annually. The Titans signed the 26 year old linebacker to a deal as part of their defensive shake up under new head coach Mike Vrabel. Kennard projects to be a starting outside linebacker for the 2018 Titans. Emmanuel Lamur was also signed to a deal to add depth to this new look line-backing corps and Derek Anderson was signed to back up franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Titans GM said he was filled with restrained optimism heading into the draft and felt good about the possibilities for the 2018 season. The current over/under for the Titans is 7.5 wins. Based on the moves made to date the smart play looks to be the over.

April 1, 2018 - The first day of the NFL draft has come and gone and Titans top brass appear thrilled with the results. Going into this draft the Titans held the the #25 pick. According to sources the Titans had been targeting Josh Jackson at their draft position after going through their player evaluations and pre-draft processes. The fates were smiling on Nashville Sunday as the Titans turned in a draft card with Josh Jackson's name written proudly on it. Simply put the Titans believe they drafted the best corner in the draft this year. The Titans saw a young corner with some flaws in his game, mostly due to inexperience as he converted to corner sometime around 2016, but with a high ceiling and amazing ball-hawking skills. Jackson, Jackson and Ryan will form a strong team of corners that will be giving opposing wide receivers headaches for many years to come.

April 17, 2018 - The Tennessee Titans closed the book on their 2018 draft after making their final selection on Tuesday. The Titans were in a comfortable position going into this draft since they did not have any immediate needs to address, allowing the Titans to go BPA all the way. In the first two rounds the Titans may have greatly improved an already high quality secondary. Josh Jackson will be an immediate starter and Ronnie Harrison is the strong safety of the future for this team. The Titans did not have a 3rd round pick in 2018 (Demaryius Thomas trade) but made good use of their 4th and 5th round picks. Dorance Armstrong is a nice developmental pass rusher and special teamer, Jordan Lasley has his own share of issues but his skill set is tantalizing. If the Titans can find some way to really reach Lasley they may be able to polish him into a nice little gem. The late rounds of the draft are all about potential. Deadrin Senat, Damon Webb and Darrel Williams are no blue chip prospects but they each bring something to the table that can make them quality depth pieces. Senat is a bit undersized but plays bigger than he is, in limited reps he can find a role as shade nose. Webb is not a freak athlete, but when you watch him in games you can clearly see him get better week after week, so he is clearly coachable. Webb also knows his limitations and plays smart football, that seems to be lacking a lot these days. Williams was buried on the LSU depth chart the last few years because he simply was not on the same level as LF and DG. While he may not be on that level he is still a large, solidly built running back who has good speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. A player like that has a spot on my roster any day, no offense to you smaller backs.
 
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Trades

3/5/2018
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Titans Traded: TE Delanie Walker
49ers Traded: LB Eli Harold
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Titans Traded: S Johnathan Cyprien; WR Tajae Sharpe; Pick 3.89
Broncos Traded: WR Demaryius Thomas; Pick 6.177
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Titans Traded: WR Rishard Mathews
Dolphins Traded: WR DeVante Parker; LB Stephone Anthony
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Titans Traded: DT Sylvester Williams
Chargers Traded: RB Austin Ekeler; Pick 5.155
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3/7/2018
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Titans Traded: Pick 6.199
Cowboys Traded: S Jeff Heath
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3/8/2018
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Titans traded: TE, Jonnu Smith
Falcons traded: LB, De'Vondre Campbell; TE, Eric Saubert
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3/15/2018
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Colts traded: Pick 5.145
Titans traded: LB, Wesley Woodyard; DE, Karl Klug
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Titans traded: Pick 5.162
Seahawks traded: WR, JD McKissic; Pick 7.248
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3/21/2018
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Patriots traded: RB, Lamar Miller
Titans traded: Pick 5.155
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4/8/2018
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Titans traded: LB, Jayon Brown
Jets traded: 7.245
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Cuts
3/5/2018
Darius Jennings WR $630,000 $0
Victor Ochi 34OLB $555,000 $0
Tim Semisch TE $480,000 $0
Tyler Ferguson QB $480,000 $0
Denzel Johnson FS $480,000 $0
Zach Pascal WR $480,000 $0
Alex Tanney QB $555,000 $0
Khalfani Muhammad RB $480,000 $0
Tyler Marz RT $555,000 $0
Julius Warmsley 34DE $555,000 $0
Eric Weems WR $1,387,500 -$37,500
Tye Smith CB $630,000 $0 / Signed by the 49ers
Jeremy Boykins CB $480,000 $0
Brett Kern P $3,550,000 -$500,000 June 1st
3/7/2018
Da'Norris Searcy S $4,975,000 -$1,125,000 / Signed by Bills
3/8/2018
DeMarco Murray RB $6,500,000 $0 / Signed by Lions
3/16/2018
Alex Ellis TE $555,000 $0
Matt Cassel QB $2,500,000 $0
3/22/2018
Aaron Wallace, OLB $652,042 -$44,084
Josh Carraway OLB $555,000 $0
3/23/2018
Antwaun Woods, DT $480,000 -$0
Demontre Hurst, CB $705,000 -$0
David Fluellen, RB $630,000 -$0
Phillip Supernaw, TE $1,800,000 -$300,000
Daren Bates, MLB $2,166,664 -$333,334
Eric Saubert, TE $555,000 $0
3/24/2018
Nate Palmer, LB $1,275,000 -$175,000
4/5/2018
Adam Jones, CB $555,000 -$0
4/12/2018
Johnny Maxey, DE $480,000 -$0
4/16/2018
Mike Nugent, K $555,000


Dead Money Cap Hits
Eric Weems (-$37,500) CUT
Rishard Matthews (-$833,334) TRADE to Miami
Delaine Walker (-$833,334) TRADE to San Francisco
Tajae Sharpe (-$137,442) TRADE to Denver
Johnathan Cyprien (-$2,250,000) TRADE to Denver

Sylvester Williams (-$1,333,334) TRADE to LA Chargers
Brett Kern (-$500,000) JUNE 1ST CUT
Da'Norris Searcy (-$1,125,000) CUT / Signed by Bills
Jonnu Smith (-$529,716) TRADE to Atlanta
Aaron Wallace (-$44,084) CUT
Phillip Supernaw (-$300,000) CUT
Daren Bates (-$333,334) CUT
Nate Palmer (-$175,000) CUT
Jayon Brown (-203,673) TRADE to JETS


Signings
3/14/2018
TE, Trey Burton, $8,000,000
3/15/2018
OL, Weston Richburg, $7,500,000
3/18/2018
DE, Aaron Lynch, $1,750,000
3/23/2018
K, Mike Nugent, $555,000
QB, Derek Anderson, $555,000
LB, Emmanuel Lamur, $555,000
3/24/2018
LB, Devon Kennard, $3,250,000
3/25/2018
LB, Ray Ray Armstrong, $555,000
LT, LaAdrian Waddle, $555,000
CB, Adam Jones, $555,000
4/6/2018
TE, Troy Niklas, $555,000
4/9/2018
DT, Ricky Jean-Francois, $555,000
4/19/2018
P, Joseph Davidson, $500,000
K, Aidan Schneider, $500,000


Titans 2018 Restricted Free Agents
S Curtis Riley RFA - will not tender
LG Quinton Spain RFA - 2nd Round Tender (3/5/2018)
DE David King ERFA - Tendered (3/5/2018)


Titans 2018 Unrestricted Free Agents
Eric Decker, WR - Signed with the Patriots ($555,000 - 3/22)
Harry Douglas, WR
DaQuan Jones, DE - Signed with the Jets ($8,000,000 - 3/22)
Josh Kline, RG - Signed with the 49ers ($9,696,969 - 3/15)
Brice McCain CB
Brian Schwenke, RG
Ryan Succop, K - Signed with the Bears ($1,500,000 - 3/20)
Erik Walden, OLB
Brandon Weeden, QB
Avery Williamson, MLB - Signed with the Patriots ($6,000,000 - 3/23)
 
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DRAFT PICKS
1.25 - CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
2.57 - SS Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
4.125 - OLB Dorance Armstrong, Jr., Kansas
5.145 - WR Jordan Lasley, UCLA
6.177 - NT Deadrin Senat, South Florida
7.245 - FS Damon Webb, Ohio State
7.248 - RB Darrel Williams, LSU
 
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Thanks for another good year fellas. As always, it was an interesting year. Without further ado, here are the 2018 Tennessee Titans.

Official Team Write Up

BD’s Preamble

Working with the Titans roster was a nice change of pace. Instead of inheriting a team that needed a complete roster overhaul, I took over a playoff caliber team that just needed a nice polish and shine. There were several pieces to work with in trades, a decent amount of cap space, and a full slate of 7 draft picks. Overall I think I did a decent job of improving an already solid team. I approached this year by developing a set of goals to act as my guiding principles throughout the GML season. Below I have outlined my goals and how I rated my performance. Votes are always appreciated, but as cliche as it sounds, I really do this just to pass the off-season, so no pressure no hard feelings.



Goal 1: Maintain the Offensive Line. (Met goal)
I consider offensive line to be a number one priority every year. The Titans offensive line play in 2017 was very consistent. I do not think there was a weak link on that O-line. Thankfully, I had 4 of the 5 starters coming back. Kline was an UFA, so I set a budget of $8,000,000 and attempted to resign him but was bested by Bdog in the end. His bid was not much over my top end budget, but I could not justify going over that (See Goal 4). In the end it may have been for the greater good because I was able to sign Richburg, who may be a slight upgrade, and for a half million under my original budget. I think I met my goal of maintaining a solid offensive line for the 2018 season and have good depth to boot. I believe I was successful with Goal Number 1.

Goal 2: Give Mariota some legitimate weapons on offense. (Exceeded Goal)
Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis, Delaine Walker, and Taywan Taylor as a group already made for a decent enough corps of receivers, but I felt as if this team needed more offensive firepower to compete for a title. I acquired Demaryius Thomas who is a true number one receiver. He will hopefully become Mariota’s bff. I swapped Rishard Matthews for DeVante Parker in the hopes that Parker and Corey Davis will compete against each other and feed off each other’s energy to become great under the mentor-ship of Thomas. I still believe that Parker still has that all-star receiver deep down inside him somewhere, we just need to help him find it. Maybe a change of scenery and knowing that he does not have to be ‘the guy’ will help him. Adding fun weapons like Austin Ekeler and JD McKissic also figure into this plan because offenses are finding new ways to use players with these specific skill sets to execute exciting open field plays; it seems to be working for everyone else, so the Titans are all in on this as well. Finally, I dumped Demarco Murray and acquired Lamar Miller who has proven he can be a full-time, three down running back. A backfield with Henry and Miller will be formidable. I consider them both to be RB1’s. With Henry and Miller, I can rotate these two using the committee of backs approach to keep them fresh and healthy. Overall, I am very pleased with the weapons Mariota has to work with and expect big things in the 2018 season and beyond. I believe I exceeded this goal.

Goal 3: Convert to a 4-3 Defense. (Acceptable)
For some reason this year I decided I was over 3-4 defenses. I mean, like, I so can’t even. The hardest part about this specific conversion, and the new position assignments that came with it, was that it completely decimated my existing linebacking corps. I had to rebuild the group from the ground up this offseason. There is not a single linebacker that was on my original roster that is in my linebacking corps now (Some of my original linebackers were moved to the defensive line). Are they the best group of linebackers? No. But they are all young, have shown promise and should develop well under Vrabel and Company. Fortunately, the Titans had the right players on the roster to build a solid defensive line and I personally prefer to have four down linemen to put pressure on the quarterback and let my three linebackers roam free and do what they do. The Titan’s defensive back group was good but needed upgrading to become great, which I accomplished by drafting Josh Jackson to be one of our outside corners and Ronnie Harrison to be our Strong Safety. Byard has the FS spot locked down and I plan on starting Jeff Heath at SS on opening day. I think Heath is a solid player and will do everything asked of him, but I expect Harrison to be nipping at his heels the entire season. He is clearly the ‘safety of the future’. I graded myself as ‘acceptable’ on this goal. I think my defense is OK, maybe better than OK. They are not going to scare too many teams, but I also do not think they are going to lose me any games.

Goal 4: Be a Fiscally Conservative GM. (Met goal)
One of the hardest things to do in GML is not overspend in free agency. I wanted to take the approach of a conservative GM who refuses to overpay for players. I established a budget for certain positions early on. I did over pay for Trey Burton, but I figured I should splurge at least once (and I was drunk). On basically every other free agent I targeted I was completely blown out of the water with the prices. I was all in for about 23.8 million at the end of free agency and I did not spend over 8 million for a single player. For everyone, except Trey Burton (got him for what he signed for IRL), I was able to get them at below what their actual salary is in the NFL. In the end I have the most cap space left of any team while also boasting a formidable roster. Having the additional cap space gives me a lot of room to offer extensions to key players and have some nice rollover cap for free agents in the following year.

TE, Trey Burton, $8,000,000 ($8mil / 2018 Bears Salary)
OL, Weston Richburg, $7,500,000 ($9.26mil / 2018 49ers Salary)
DE, Aaron Lynch, $1,750,000 ($3.72mil / 2018 Bears Salary)
LB, Emmanuel Lamur, $555,000 ($720K / 2018 Raiders Salary)
LB, Devon Kennard, $3,250,000 ($4.4mil / 2018 Lions Salary)
LB, Ray Ray Armstrong, $555,000 ($1.2mil / 2018 Giants Salary)
LT, LaAdrian Waddle, $555,000 ($1.6mil / 2018 Patriots Salary)
TE, Troy Niklas, $555,000 ($940k / 2018 Patriots Salary)
DT, Ricky Jean-Francois, $555,000 (unsigned)
P, Joseph Davidson, $500,000 (UDFA)
K, Aidan Schneider, $500,000 (UDFA)

Goal 5: Nail the draft. (Undecided)

2018 DRAFT CLASS

1.25 - CB Josh Jackson, Iowa, 6’ 1”, 193lbs, 4.52 40:
Started his college career as a wide receiver but was moved to corner in 2015, he was a reserve player before busting on the scene in 2017 with 8 picks and 26 passes defended. He has good length and knows how to use it. His main con is that he is inexperienced but even that is a positive since it means he has more room to grow. I expect Jackson to be hawking balls for the Titans for years to come.

2.57 - SS Ronnie Harrison, Alabama, 6’ 3”, 214lbs, 4.63 40:
A scheme versatile safety with great size and very few athletic limitations. A physical player who is excellent in run support. I thought of Kam Chancellor while I was scouting him. Harrison figures to start early in his career and be an excellent strong safety.

4.125 - OLB Dorance Armstrong, Jr., Kansas, 6’ 4”, 257lbs, 4.87 40:
Shows good hustle and the ability to use his long arms to attack the edge. Seems to shut down early on some plays. This may be due to the change of scheme in 2017 that forced Armstrong to focus on the run first. His first two years of play showed a player that clearly had a knack for getting at the quarterback and displayed great 'football speed'.

5.145 - WR Jordan Lasley, UCLA, 6’ 1”, 210lbs, 4.5 40:
What a complicated prospect. Is a vertical threat with game changing abilities; unfortunately, some of those game changing traits are negative. He can take the top off the defense but he also has one of the worst drop rates in football. He is tremendously explosive on the field but is also equal parts stupid off the field. I think there is an argument to be made in favor of his talent. The risk is there but it may be worth it for a 5th round investment.

6.177 - NT Deadrin Senat, South Florida, 6’ 0”, 314lbs:
Despite his size he does appear to be able to play two-gap in some capacity if needed. Has a nice frame and is hard to knock off balance. Looks to be a dependable rotational player.

7.245 - FS Damon Webb, Ohio State, 5’ 11”, 195lbs, 4.58 40:
Webb has fantastic football intelligence. He knows where to be, takes good angles to make plays as a deep safety, and has experience playing corner. He does have some athletic limitations but he seems to know them and how to play within his limitations. He projects mainly to be a deep zone safety and possibly contribute as a slot corner.

7.248 - RB Darrel Williams, LSU, 6’ 1”, 229lbs, 4.65 40:
Quarterback turned running back, Darrel Williams is an under the radar prospect who spent most of his college career buried behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Williams is a worthy prospect because he has shown he can handle short yardage work, has nice size/speed combination, and has shown the ability to handle passing down work. He has the basic traits of a three down back with low mileage. A running back with these traits has a shot at making my roster any day of the week.


This is the hardest goal to grade since no one has a true feel for what a player will become until year three. I graded myself undecided. There were several prospects I was interested in but did not get. The ones I did draft I am happy with. At worst I think I walk away from this draft with 2 starters and a couple of quality rotational guys. Or they could all be busts, who knows.


Offensive Scheme – Smash-mouth Spread
I did not want to completely abandon the whole ‘exotic smash-mouth’ thing happening in Tennessee. So, I thought I might modify it a little. Derrick Henry and Lamar Miller are both capable running backs and are not afraid to grind it out and I think both will fit this system well. The receiving corps I have put together is deep enough and talented enough to force defenses to dedicate deep safeties to account for them. I also have a few weapons that I can use to run screen plays to get the offense in a rhythm and hopefully pick up chucks of yards. Mariota is already comfortable in the spread, so this offense should suit him well.

Defensive Scheme – 4-3 Cover 3
I signed the Jaguars defensive backs coach to be my DC, but I also have adopted the Jaguars defensive philosophy as well. This team has the personnel to run this defense. I have safeties and linebackers that can cover deep, corners that can play man-to-man on the outside, and a defensive line that can keep pressure on the quarterback. Since my defensive is not elite I plan on leaning heavily on scheme to gain advantages. With all the pieces I have, I believe that this defense can be greater than the sum of it parts.

With all that now said, I present to you the 2018 Tennessee Titans.







Plain Text Roster

QB, Mariota, Marcus; $7,704,446 / -$7,704,446 _ ($3,736,905 / -$3,967,541)
QB, Anderson, Derek; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

RB, Miller, Lamar; $5,750,000 / -$0 _ ($5,750,000 / -$0) - via Trade
RB, Henry, Derrick; $1,474,890 / -$1,066,520 _ ($941,630 / -$1,066,520)
RB, Ekeler, Austin; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - via Trade
RB, Williams, Darrel; $497,817 - 7th Round Selection, 7.248

WR, Thomas, Demaryius; $8,500,000 / -$0 _ ($8,500,000 / -$0) - via Trade
WR, Davis, Corey; $5,771,534 / -$20,777,523 _ ($1,619,307 / -$8,320,842)
WR, Parker, DeVante; $1,918,164 / -$1,918,164 _ ($1,918,164 / -$0) - via Trade
WR, Taylor, Taywan; $859,003 / -$687,009 _ ($630,000 / -$687,009)
WR, Lasley, Jordan; $555,204 - 5th Round Selection, 5.145
WR, McKissic, JD; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - via Trade

TE, Burton, Trey; $8,000,000 / -$8,000,000 - Free Agent Signing
TE, Stocker, Luke; $1,137,500 / -$62,500 _ ($1,075,000 / -$62,500)
TE, Niklas, Troy; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

LT, Lewan, Taylor; $9,341,000 / -$0 _ ($9,341,000 / -$0)
LT, Waddle, LaAdrian; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

LG, Spain, Quinton; $2,916,000 / -$0 _ ($2,916,000 / -$0) - Tendered

C, Jones, Ben; $5,375,000 / -$1,750,000 _ ($4,500,000 / -$1,750,000)
C/G, Levin, Corey; $582,506 / -$82,518 _ ($555,000 / -$82,518)

RG, Richburg, Weston; $7,500,000 / -$7,500,000 - Free Agent Signing
RG, Wichmann, Cody; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0)

RT, Conklin, Jack; $4,335,725 / -$9,394,071 _ ($1,895,242 / -$4,880,966)
RT, Kelly, Dennis; $1,308,333 / -$266,667 _ ($1,175,000 / -$266,667)

LS, Brinkley, Beau; $1,268,000 / -$336,000 _ ($1,100,000 / -$336,000)

K, Schneider, Aidan; $500,000 - Undrafted Free Agent

P, Davidson, Joseph; $500,000 - Undrafted Free Agent


NT, Johnson, Austin; $1,544,244 / -$1,158,992 _ ($964,748 / -$1,158,992)
NT, Ricky Jean-Francois; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing
NT, Senat, Deadrin; $526,520 - 6th Round Selection, 6.177

DT, Casey, Jurrell; $14,920,000 / -$19,120,000 _ ($11,200,000 / -$8,520,000)
DT, King, David; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Tendered

DE, Orakpo, Brian; $9,000,000 / -$1,250,000 _ ($7,750,000 / -$1,250,000)
DE, Morgan, Derrick; $8,500,000 / -$1,500,000 _ ($7,000,000 / -$1,500,000)
DE, Dodd, Kevin; $1,786,992 / -$2,090,656 _ ($1,045,664 / -$1,482,656)
DE, Lynch, Aaron; $1,750,000 / -$1,750,000 - Free Agent Signing

MLB, Campbell, De'Vondre; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0) - via Trade
MLB, Armstrong, Ray Ray; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

OLB, Kennard, Devon; $3,250,000 / -$3,250,000 - Free Agent Signing
OLB, Harold, Eli; $1,905,000 / -$0 _ ($1,905,000 / -$0) - via Trade
OLB, Anthony, Stephone; $1,489,326 / -$0 _ ($1,489,326 / -$0) - via Trade

OLB, Armstrong, Dorance; $637,174 - 4th Round Selection, 4.125
OLB, Lamur, Emmanuel; $555,000 / -$0 _ ($555,000 / -$0) - Free Agent Signing

CB, Ryan, Logan; $10,666,666 / -$3,333,334 _ ($10,000,000 / -$1,333,334)
CB, Jackson, Adoree'; $2,564,321 / -$9,231,555 _ ($977,864 / -$4,759,371)
CB, Jackson, Josh; $2,013,399 - 1st Round Selection, 1.25
CB, Sims, LeShaun; $689,546 / -$119,092 _ ($630,000 / -$119,092)
CB, Reed, Kalan; $630,000 / -$0 _ ($630,000 / -$0)

FS, Byard, Kevin; $1,008,831 / -$448,530 _ ($784,556 / -$448,530)
FS, Webb, Damon; $498,366 - 7th Round Selection, 7.245

SS, Heath, Jeff; $1,500,000 / -$0 _ ($1,500,000 / -$0) - via Trade
SS, Harrison, Ronnie; $859,994 - 2nd Round Selection, 2.57
SS, Trawick, Brynden; $1,750,000 / -$0 _ ($1,750,000 / -$0)










Titans Practice Squad:


FB Nick Bawden, San Diego State, 6’ 3” 245lbs, 4.75 40:
Bawden was a three star recruit as a quarterback with several offers. He chose San Diego State and started 2 games and played in 3 others as a true freshman. His sophomore year he was asked to move to fullback. Bawden was the lead blocker for the 7th overall rusher in 2016; Donnel Pumphrey and the nation’s top rusher in 2017: Rashaad Penny. A great lead blocker for a smash mouth team like us.

CB Mike Ford, Southeast Missouri, 6’ 0”, 196lbs, 4.47 40:
Has the desired size and quickness and can play on outside or in the slot. Showed explosiveness during his high jump and broad jump drills at the combine. He may be quicker than he is fast.

CB D'Montre Wade, Murray State, 6’ 0”, 200lbs, 4.57 40:
Played against lower level talent in his college career. What he does have is nice long arms, good size, solid bulk, and is an able tackler.

ILB Myles Pierce, The Citadel, 5’ 11”, 225lbs, 4.86 40:
A true hard worker who is a downhill thumper. Pierce is a nice blend of aggressive and sideline to sideline player.

WR Taj Williams, TCU, 6’ 4’, 193lbs, 4.52 40:
A raw prospect but has that rare combination of size and speed that earns him a shot.

WR Byron Pringle, Kansas State, 6’ 2’, 205lbs, 4.46 40:
Has the talent and separation ability to be a deep threat. Overcame a colorful past to make it to where he is today. Will be a 25 year old rookie with a lot to prove.

WR Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois, 6’ 2”, 190lbs, 4.47 40:
Was a non-factor his first 3 years on campus but burst onto the scene in 2017 with 1,300 yards and 10 TDs. His three-cone, short-shuttle and vertical were off the charts at his pro-day. Only 2 receivers in the last 20 years posted better numbers than him in these drills. More of an athlete than a football player at this point but his athletic abilities are too good not to at least try to mold.

QB Alex McGough, Florida International, 6’2”, 220lbs, 4.78 40:
Four year starter with excellent short range accuracy. 65.4 completion percentage in 2017. Smart quarterback who can go through progressions and make reads. Lacks the ability to make deep plays. More of a traditional pocket QB.

QB Dalton Sturm, UTSA, 6’ 2”, 205, 4.75 40:
A surprisingly athletic quarterback who has shown he can make plays with his feet. 62.3 completion percentage in 2017. Seems to have an ability to make plays out of nothing. Has a good enough arm to make NFL throws.

TE Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, 6’ 3”, 250lbs, 4.97 40:
Was a major factor in Wake Forest’s passing game during his time a Wake Forest. Showed strong hands in the passing game and the ability to work the middle of the field. His future may be more special teams, but he does show promise as a zone-beating tight end.


And finally, here is the link to my team page if you want to poke around. I assure you there is nothing interesting here.

Titans Team Page
 
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