The Tennessee Titans got hot down the stretch last season, playing their best football when it counted. Unfortunately, their best was only enough for an AFC Championship Game appearance, and now they must figure out how to put themselves in the same position next January.
The Titans have already made some solid offseason moves ahead the NFL Draft, These are the three best offseason moves from the Titans so far.
1. Re-Signing Ryan Tannehill
The quarterback position for the Titans has been an inconsistent one over the years, but the team really hit their stride when they made the switch to Ryan Tannehill last season. They made the wise move of making sure he did not leave town and, best of all, the four-year, $118 million deal only made him the ninth-highest paid quarterback annually. This is great for the Titans, since the newest quarterback signing typically sets the new standard.
2. Franchise Tagging Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry was a different kind of animal down the stretch of last season, running for 588 yards in three weeks at the end of last season. Ultimately, he led the league in rushing, with 1,540 yards, while also leading the league in rushing attempts (303). Committing to a long-term deal with a running back is usually a decision that comes back to haunt you, just ask the Los Angeles Rams about Todd Gurley. Henry also has a history of injuries, so playing on the franchise tag allows him to get paid this season without the risk of a long-term deal. Of course, there are rumors of him holding out for a new contract, which is why the Titans may look for a running back early on in the NFL Draft.
3. Signing Vic Beasley
The Titans' pass rush was just average last season, averaging 2.6 sacks per game (T-No. 13 in NFL). On top of that, they traded away defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, creating a huge need for a pass rusher. In comes Vic Beasley, who has totaled 37.5 sacks in the NFL, including 8.0 sacks and 12 quarterback hits last season. With Tennessee likely to bring in at least one more rusher, whether through free agency or the draft, Beasley will benefit from the threat of another playmaker on the other side of the line.
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