3 Free Agent Tight Ends the Titans Should Sign After Trading for Julio Jones
After weeks of wondering who'd win the Julio Jones sweepstakes, the Tennessee Titans emerged as the winners on Sunday. It only cost the team a 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round pick to land the seven-time Pro Bowler from the Atlanta Falcons, which is an easy price to pay if the Titans want to become one of the top AFC teams next season. However, just because Tennessee landed Jones doesn't mean that the offseason is done.
The Titans finished the 2020 NFL season with an 11-5 record, but they failed to make it past the Wild Card round of the playoffs. While adding Jones does make their team better, it doesn't change the fact that they must address the tight end position. Fortunately, there are still some decent TEs still sitting in free agency.
Here's a look at three free-agent tight ends that the Titans should sign after trading for Jones.
Free-Agents Tight Ends for the Titans to Sign
1. Trey Burton
While Trey Burton has never been the player to put up huge numbers, he's still an asset worth signing for the Titans. The former Indianapolis Colts TE recorded 28 receptions for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. While those numbers may not seem overly impressive, Burton did it while competing for targets with both Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. However, the 29-year-old did showcase what he could do as a No. 1 tight end in 2018 with the Bears, finishing the campaign with 569 receiving yards and 6 TDs. If he can still compete at that level, the Titans should make the play for Burton.
2. Richard Rodgers
Some people may say that Richard Rodgers is washed up because he hasn't come close to topping the 510 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns he had with the Green Bay Packers in 2015. While he hasn't reached those totals since then, it's not like he can't play anymore. Starting in just four of 14 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Rodgers ended the year with 345 receiving yards (2nd-most in his career) and 2 TDs. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2020 had a 134.5 passer rating, which makes him the reliable tight end that the Titans could use next season.
3. Tyler Eifert
After suiting up in just 14 games between 2016 and 2018, it was looking like Tyler Eifert's career might've been coming to an end. However, he's managed to put his injuries behind him, missing just one contest since then. If the Titans believe that Eifert is healthy going forward, he'd make for a good fit in their offense. He's made 79 receptions over the last two seasons for 785 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
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