The end of the season for the Tennessee Titans came much sooner than many hoped. With the conclusion, contract talks will be ramping up in no time. The biggest decision the team may have to make is whether or not to bring back edge rusher Harold Landry. Landry has continued to develop since being drafted by the Titans, but his rookie contract is now up. He had his best season as a pro in 2021-2022, totaling twelve sacks and fourteen tackles for loss.
The Titans need to bring back the young, blossoming defender, but how can they make the money work? Superstar safety Kevin Byard says he will chip in – in a way.
Kevin Byard advocating for the Titans re-signing Harold Landry: “If I have to restructure my deal again like I did with Clowney, I’ll do it.”
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 24, 2022
This is a pretty big deal considering the season that Byard just had for the Titans. He was the best safety in football and was instrumental in Tennessee’s biggest wins this year. Both players would be cornerstones on defense for the Titans for years to come alongside Jeffery Simmons.
Helping to clear some cap space to either franchise tag or re-sign Landry to a long-term deal is the biggest obstacle for the Titans. If Byard (and others) are willing to restructure their deals, then it will lift some of that burden. Landry will come at a heft price tag for both the tag or a deal and deservedly so after his growth as a player.
Check out the numbers for him on the franchise tag or his projected 4-year deal for a team.
Harold Landry’s rookie contract with the #Titans has expired, putting him inline for a potential $18.5M franchise tag, a trip to the open market, or an extension in Tennessee. He projects to a 4 yr, $68M deal currently. https://t.co/Af5RPElfST
— Spotrac (@spotrac) January 22, 2022
Today, Bud Dupree even mentioned how vital it is for the team to bring back Landry as soon as possible. The entire team knows his value, without a doubt.
Bud Dupree says the #Titans definitely need to re-sign Harold Landry. Joked that they need to do so today.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 24, 2022
Accordingly, don’t be surprised to see multiple players restructure their deals in order to bring back/in more talent for the Titans during free agency. Kevin Byard is already on board.