NFL Offseason Previews: Tennessee Titans
The NFL offseason is upon us, and teams will begin working to craft their 2023 rosters in the coming months. In this series of offseason previews, we will look at what each team has to work with and their biggest needs. Today we continue with the Tennessee Titans offseason preview.
As a reminder, here are dates to keep in mind for the 2023 NFL offseason:
- March 7: deadline for teams to use the franchise tag
- March 13: legal tampering period opens
- March 15: NFL free agency begins and the new league year starts
- April 21: deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
- April 27-29: NFL draft
- May 1: deadline for teams to exercise 5th-year options on 2020 first-round draft picks
- July 15: deadline for franchise tag players to sign an extension
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It was a down year for the Titans in 2022. Tennessee finished 7-10 and dealt with a bevy of injuries that hampered their chances to win their third straight AFC South Championship.
Ryan Tannehill was limited to just 12 starts, and the Titans were forced to use a combination of rookie Malik Willis and Joshua Dobbs down the stretch. Willis completed just 50.8 percent of his passes and threw zero touchdowns and three interceptions in three starts.
Dobbs was 0-2 as a starter and completed just 58.8 percent of his passes. Star running back Derrick Henry posted a solid season overall, but his YPC was down a full yard from his All-Pro season a couple of years ago.
Key Positional Needs
Here’s where the Titans need to find help this offseason:
Key Free Agents
Here’s a look at the Titans upcoming key free agents:
- Andrew Adams (S)
- Mario Edwards (DE)
- Nate Davis (G)
- Dylan Cole (LB)
- Austin Hooper (TE)
- Corey Levin (C)
- Lonnie Johnson (CB)
- DeMarcus Walker (DE)
Salary Cap & Draft Capital
Here’s a look at the salary cap room and draft capital that the Titans have to work with this offseason:
- Current draft picks: 24 (1), 56 (2), 88 (3), 121 (4), 127 (4), 145 (5), 202 (6), 208 (6), 228 (7)
- Cap space: $13.2M
The Titans have already released center Ben Jones, pass rusher Bud Dupree, and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan. They’re also reportedly shopping running back Derrick Henry this offseason.
The Titans have said that Ryan Tannehill will be back in 2023, but it appears that the Titans are heading into a re-tooling period. Tennessee is moving on from veteran players as they try to get younger and clear some cap space.
The Titans have the 24th pick in the draft, but the moves that they have made will have them working with roughly $26 million this offseason.
If you’re looking for more offseason reading, Sam Hoppen at 4for4 (our sister company) is previewing each division:
AFC South: Key Free Agents, Draft Picks & Needs, Available Cap Space – 4for4