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Tennessee Titans Offseason Grade

Tennessee Titans

Justin Rochat
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Trade

Ryan Tannehill

Titans get: Ryan Tanehill and 2019 6th round pick 

Dolphins get: 2019 7th round pick and 2020 4th round pick

When the trade was first announced I didn’t like it for Tennessee but after having awhile to think about it this gives the Titans another option at quarterback who has experience if Mariota gets hurt again or falters.

Grade: B-

Impact: 5/10

Retirement

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo, OLB – This was a blow for the Titans, but Orakpo wasn’t that impactful this past season so it was time to move on anyway.

Impact: 6/10

Re-Signings

S Kenny Vaccaro – Ever since Vaccaro came out of Texas I was a fan of his. His first couple of seasons in New Orleans were good, but injuries forced him out. He signed a one year deal with the Titans late last year and showed that he can make a positive impact. He gets rewarded with a 4 year pact worth $26 million.

Grade: A

Impact: 9/10

David Fluellen

RB David Fluellen – Tennessee gets back Fluellen on a one year deal behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis. He unfortunately went down with an injury in week 10 against the Patriots. Fluellen showed to be a key part of Tennessee’s special teams.

Grade: B-

Impact: 5/10

Kevin Pamphile

OL Kevin Pamphile – Pamphile can play both guard and tackle for Tennessee and showed that he can be a solid starter. He filled in at Left Tackle for Lewan in week 2 as well at Right Tackle for Conklin. Pamphile was playing well before having his season end early due to injury.

Grade: B+

Impact: 8/10

Tye Smith

CB Tye Smith – Smith provides depth at Corner for the Titans possibly the 4th or 5th CB on the depth chart. Smith also had his season cut short last season due to injury.

Grade: C+

Impact: 3/10

Cuts

Johnathan Cyprien

S Johnathan Cyprien – Cyprien is still a quality safety, however with Kenny Vaccaro signing his new deal they just didn’t need him on the roster any longer.

Grade: B+

Impact: 6/10

Josh Kline

G Josh Kline – Josh Kline is a solid interior lineman so this was surprising when I first heard the news since he just signed a four year packed last season. It was reported that Tennessee approached him about taking a pay cut and he declined, so in that sense it makes sense.

Grade: C+

Impact: 8/10

Blaine Gabbert

QB Blaine Gabbert – After trading for Ryan Tanehill it only makes sense to cut Gabbert here. Easy decision.

Grade A+

Impact: 5/10

Free Agency Signings

Adam Humphries

WR Adam Humphries – Humphries had a breakout season in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season and proved how impactful he could be. He can become a big weapon for Mariota or whoever is playing Quarterback.

Grade: A

Impact: 9/10

Rodger Saffold

G Rodger Saffold – Saffold was the most coveted guard on the market and for good reason. He probably was the best guard in all of football last season and now he’s making $44 million over 4 years and he totally deserves it. Great move for Tennessee.

Grade: A+

Impact: 10/10

Cameron Wake

DE Cameron Wake – Wake is a fantastic player and could terrorize the AFC South Quarterbacks with his pass rush, but 3 years for a 37 year old? I just don’t like that contract.

Grade: C+

Impact: 8/10

Draft Picks

Jeffery Simmons

Pick 1.19 DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State – Simmons was a top 10 projected pick before tearing his ACL early on in the draft process. He also had a disturbing video out that shows him throwing punches at a women who was involved in a fight with his sister that occurred while he was in high school. All indications are that while he was at Mississippi State he was nothing but a stand-up student and teammate and had no character issues. People deserve second chances especially as young as he was during that time. Getting back to football, Simmons is a dominant player that will help out Tennessee’s defense at some point in the future.

Grade: A

Impact: 8/10

AJ Brown

Pick 2.51 WR AJ Brown – Brown is arguably the best route runner and pass catcher in this draft so taking him at 51 could be viewed at as a steal. Brown will help Mariota out a lot.

Grade: A

Impact: 8/10

Nate Davis

Pick 3.82 G Nate Davis, Charlotte – Interior OL was definitely a need for Tennessee and Davis is a quality player so this gets a positive grade from me.

Grade: B

Impact: 6/10

Amani Hooker

Pick 4.116 DB Amani Hooker, Iowa – Hooker may be one of my favorite players in this draft. He’s versatile enough to play in the box and center field for the Titans. Great Value pick.

Grade: B+

Impact: 6/10

D'Andre Walker

Pick 5.168 OLB D’Andre Walker, Georgia – Another nice value pick which also happens to be a need after the departure of Orakpo.

Grade: B+

Impact: 6/10

David Long Jr

Pick 6.188 LB David Long Jr., West Virginia – As part of the Tanehill trade Tennessee grabs a small, but impactful linebacker that could make the team as a backup WLB. Long could develop into a nice player.

Grade: B-

Impact: 4/10

GPA for Draft: 3.49 (B+)

Overall

Jon Robinson

The Titans managed to improve their offense a ton in Free agency landing one of the top slot receivers on the market in Humphries and THE best guard on the market, Rodger Saffold. Although I didn’t like the contract given out to Wake he showed he was still productive last season despite his age so hopefully he can keep it up. They also made it a point re-sign Vaccaro who helped out a lot and solidified their secondary. They also brought back some contributors off the bench who unfortunately landed on the IR last season, however if they’re healthy could be nice players like they showed last season before the injuries. I expect to see Tennessee to be competing in this tough division late into the season.


Overall Grade: B