When the Titans’ offense is really humming, the team is likely getting solid production out of the tight end position. Unfortunately for QB Ryan Tannehill, the tight end position was consistently inconsistent last season.
While the tight end trio of Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim, and MyCole Pruitt had impactful moments over the course of the year, none of the above could truly be counted on in the passing game. With all three contracts expiring at season’s end, the Titans have made the decision to re-sign Swaim to a one-year $3.5M deal with the other two appearing to be on the move elsewhere.
Many of the top free agent tight ends have already been swooped up across the league leaving the Titans with little to work with at this point in the free agency period.
Most of the veteran tight end options that made sense for the #Titans current situation are gone.— TreJean Watkins (@TreWatkins099) March 17, 2022
But Gerald Everett and Austin Hooper still exist as options.
104.5 The Zone’s Buck Reising joined the Titan Up Podcast to share his thoughts on how the team should address the position. “I’d expect another veteran free agent add and a draft pick as well to supplement this group,” said Reising. “The sex appeal is not there.”
As with every offseason, there is always a handful of players that are rumored to be targets for the Titans. This year’s rumor mill featured tight ends such as Mike Gesicki, Maxx Williams, and even Rob Gronkowski.
Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has signed his franchise tag tender, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 14, 2022
First player to do so this year.
Welcome Back Maxx!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 16, 2022
We have re-signed tight end, Maxx Williams, to a one-year contract.
While Gronkowski has yet to make a decision on his future, Reising isn’t holding his breath on a splash signing for Tennessee.
“There is a zero percent chance that Rob Gronkowski ends up in Tennessee.”
I’m hearing there is serious mutual interest between the #Titans and Rob Gronkowski. If he decides to play in 2022, Nashville will be an option.— Chad Withrow (@TheChadWithrow) March 12, 2022
As if battling with 31 other teams is not already difficult enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been handing out market-altering free agent contracts like they are going out of style.
The most recent jaw-dropping signing the Jags made was on tight end Evan Engram who signed a one-year deal worth $9M with Jacksonville. Engram heads to Jacksonville after spending five seasons filled with untimely drops and fumbles with the New York Giants.
Feast your eyes on Jaguars brand new TE Evan Engram 🔥🔥💪🏾💪🏾 😤😤pic.twitter.com/tX9Va7HEMq— 𝓐𝓷𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓷𝔂🗽 (@Baby_Juka) March 14, 2022
“What we’re seeing right now is that the Jags have ruined the market for everybody. Not just at one position, but at every position,” stated Reising. “As the market inflates you have to legitimately ask yourself, ‘Is there a game changer out there worth the money that exceeds what we have on our roster?’”
Despite not having landed a sexy name in free agency, there is still plenty of time to properly address the position of need for the right price. The 2022 NFL Draft will provide numerous mid-round tight ends that could have an impact on the Titans’ offense in their rookie year.
As far as how the rest of free agency will go, Reising stressed for Titans fans to temper expectations, “Practicality is what I would expect out of this free agency period.”
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