The Tennessee Titans made their second straight playoff appearance following an AFC South division title in 2020. But the Titans were bounced out of the playoffs in the Wild Card Round after reaching the AFC Championship Game the previous season. Now the offseason changes begin ahead of the free agency period in March, and the 2021 NFL Draft in April.
Tennessee is slightly over the projected salary cap of $180 million for each team. The Titans' biggest impending free agent is pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. He tops a list of three players that will likely not be back with the team in 2021.
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE
Jadeveon Clowney played just eight games for the Titans after signing a 1-year contract. He failed to record a sack in 2020, and underwent season-ending knee surgery in December. The 28-year-old will be headed elsewhere in free agency.
2. Corey Davis, WR
Corey Davis will be the Titans' biggest loss on offense, as the teams top-five pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is an unrestricted free agent and will test the market. Davis had has best season in 2020 with 65 receptions, 984 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was held without a catch in the Titans' playoff loss. The Titans are fine pursuing or drafting a receiver alongside back-to-back 1,000-yard receiver A.J. Brown.
3. DaQuan Jones, DT
DaQuan Jones made $7 million in 2020, and the Titans won't pay him that value or make a bid for him as he pursues free agency. Jones was a fourth-round pick by the Titans in the 2014 NFL Draft. His overall Pro Football Focus grade fell by nearly 10 points in 2020 to 67.4, which is underwhelming considering his contract. He has good, but not great skills with his strength clogging the middle and stopping the run. Despite career highs in 2020 combined tackles (49), solo tackles (29), QB hits (6) and tackles for loss (4), Jones is likely playing elsewhere in 2021.
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