3 Titans Who Won't Be on the Roster Next Season
It was a disaster end to the 2022 NFL season for the Tennessee Titans. A team that once stood at 7-3 lost each of its final seven games to finish with its worst record in eight years. Securing a starting quarterback and identifying which players are worth building around now highlight the offseason.
Rebuilding in Tennessee will not be as easy as it seems, though. Head coach Mike Vrabel may be around to stay and the defense may still be stacked on paper, but the team ranks 29th in available cap space. The front office is ultimately going to be forced to make some difficult decisions.
With that being said, here's a look at three Titans players who won't be on the roster in 2023.
Titans Offseason Rumors
1. Austin Hooper, TE
This doesn't have as much to do with Austin Hooper's production as it does Chigoziem Okonkwo's emergence. The Maryland product finished his rookie season with 450 yards and 3 touchdowns on 32 receptions (46 targets). Meanwhile, Hooper logged 444 yards and 2 touchdowns on 41 receptions (60 targets). It was a fine season for the veteran pass-catcher, but he was didn't play in over 55% of the offensive snaps in any of the final six games. Okonkwo showed flashes of great potential and gives the Titans a new weapon moving forward. After all, Tennessee's front office can either move forward with Kevin Rader at backup TE or add a cheaper veteran than Hooper through free agency.
2. Ryan Tannehill, QB
There's no way to get around it. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has done everything he has been asked to do over the last four seasons, but he has fallen short when it matters the most. He threw for just 209 yards in the 2020 AFC Championship game and 165 yards in the 2021 AFC Divisional Round. Tannehill's inability to create long plays through arm talent or scrambling abilities have bogged the Titans down on offense. Cutting the veteran QB would cost over $18 million in dead cap, but trading him to another team in limbo at the position could prove to be beneficial. Starting fresh may be exactly what this Tennessee's offense needs.
3. DeMarcus Walker, DE
Many fans failed to bat an eye when the Titans signed defensive end DeMarcus Walker to a one-year deal in free agency last offseason. The 28-year-old proved to everyone that he shouldn't be overlooked, though. Walker posted a career-high 32 tackles (10.0 for loss) to go along with 7.0 sacks despite playing in only 37% of the defensive snaps. Depth along the defensive line kept Walker from playing more often and will likely keep him from getting re-signed, too. That level of production should garner interest in the free agent market and allow Walker to cash in on his efforts with a multi-year deal. Tennessee was simply a jumping-off place for him.
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