The Titans are set to receive an extra $9.5M in cap space on June 1st. This money was freed by releasing Julio Jones with a post-June 1st designation, back in March. There are 2 remaining free agents that could be impact players for the team and should be on their radar.
Who should the Titans target?
Will Fuller has had an injury-riddled career up this point, however, he’s proven to be an explosive weapon when he’s been on the field. His best season to this point came in 2020, a year where he recorded 879 receiving yards in just 11 games. Fuller has developed a good rapport with the new Titans pass game coordinator, Tim Kelly. He registered his 2 most productive NFL seasons in 2019 and 2020, with Kelly as his offensive coordinator. The 28-year-old is coming off a lost season with Miami, where he suited up for just 2 games, recording 26 yards on 4 receptions.
So, as far as a deal goes, a one-year pact laced with incentives would make sense for both sides. A deal where if Fuller stays on the field he makes his money and gives himself a chance to cash in the next off-season. If Fuller does not stay healthy, then the Titans aren’t making much of a financial commitment. It’s a big if, but Fuller could provide an element that the Titans offense has been lacking forever: a dynamic deep threat. In an off-season where the team lost the best receiver they’ve had in decades, another explosive weapon on the outside would be a huge addition.
Ereck Flowers had a rocky start to his NFL career, after the New York Giants selected 9th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He struggled mightily as Eli Manning’s blindside protector in New York and found himself off the team after just 3 and a half seasons. However, since moving to guard, Flowers has become a stock that just keeps on rising.
The Titans relieved Rodger Saffold of his duties this off-season, after a season where the 34-year-old lineman clearly took a step back physically. Saffold manned the Titans’ left guard position for the past 3 seasons, leaving behind a hole the Titans still have not filled. Currently, the in-house options are the likes of Aaron Brewer, an undersized interior lineman best suited at center, and Jamarco Jones, a career backup. It is evident that Ereck Flowers would not only be an upgrade over Brewer, and Jones, but even an improvement over the most recent version of Rodger Saffold. As far as a contract goes, I’d expect a one-year deal with a solid base salary for Flowers. He’s been able to stay on the field throughout his career, unlike the aforementioned Will Fuller.