I will be doing a series of articles that will be taking a methodical team by team approach to next year’s possible free agents. I will be starting with the team that has the least amount of salary cap space and ending with the team with the most. I will try to give a brief description of as many of the possible free agents as I can. I will also be looking for players that might be salary cap cuts in order for their teams to make room to sign some of these possible free agents. Any information anyone else can contribute on these players would be very much appreciated.
The Tennessee Titans are projected to be $66,744,839 UNDER the cap (all salary info via Over The Cap) for 2017 with 55 players under contract. As of January 1, 2017, OTC has combined the leftover cap space from 2016 with each team’s projected cap space for 2017.
Dollar figures listed are player’s 2016 cap hits.
RG Chance Warmack - $3,871,205
Chance Warmack is 25 years old and was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2013 draft. The Titans have decided not to pick up his fifth year option. He was on injured reserve for much of the year with a hand injury. His PFF grades were pretty good in 2014 (82.4) and slightly above average in 2015 (70.3).
TE Anthony Fasano - $3,187,500
Anthony Fasano is 32 years old and was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2006 draft. The Titans signed Fasano in March of 2015. He had eight receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. His numbers have been declining since 2010.
ILB Sean Spence - $2,468,750
Sean Spence is 26 years old and was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2012 draft. Spence signed with the Titans in March of 2016. Spence started only 6 games in 2016 but had 54 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defended. PFF rated him as the 45th best ILB in the NFL in 2016.
RT Byron Bell - $2,250,000
Byron Bell is 28 years old and was originally picked up by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Bell signed with the Titans in 2015. He didn’t play in 2016 after having dislocated his ankle during the OTAs. His PFF grades were below average for his first five years in the league.
WR Kendall Wright - $7,320,000
Kendall Wright is 27 years old and was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2012 draft. Wright had 29 receptions for 416 yards and three touchdowns in 2016. His best season was in 2013 when he had 94 receptions for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns. He might be interesting on a prove-it deal.
QB Matt Cassel - $2,000,000
Matt Cassel is 34 years old and was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. Cassel signed with the Titans in March of 2016. He played in four games and started one last season. He had 30 completions out of 51 attempts with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Can I please move on now?
S Rashad Johnson - $2,500,000
Rashad Johnson is 31 years old and was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2009 draft. Johnson signed with the Titans in March of 2016. He had 38 tackles with one pass defended, and one forced fumble in 2016. His best season was with the Cardinals in 2014 when he had 92 tackles, eight passes defended and four interceptions with two being returned for touch downs.
34DE Karl Klug - $2,250,000
Karl Klug is 28 years old and was drafted by the Titans in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Mr. Klug suffered an Achilles tendon tear in December but, before that, he had 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
CB Antwon Blake - $1,500,000
Antwon Valentino Blake is 26 years old and was originally picked up by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Blake signed with the Titans in March of 2016. Blake had 42 tackles last season. He had 76 tackles for Pittsburgh the previous season. His PFF grade was only 62.5
WR Marc Mariani - $600,000
Marc Mariani is 29 years old and was originally drafted by the Titans in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Mariani again signed with the Titans in September of 2016 after spending a couple of years with the Bears. Mariani has no stats for 2016.
C Brian Schwenke - $1,787,065
Brian Schwenke is 25 years old and was drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He might be better than Marcus Martin?
34OLB David Bass - $675,000
David Bass is 26 years old and was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. The Titans claimed Bass off of waivers in 2015. Bass had 16 tackles in 2016.
ILB Nate Palmer - $675,000
Nate Palmer is 27 years old and was originally drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. The Titans signed Palmer in April of 2016. Palmer has 12 tackles this season.
S Daimion Stafford - $686,474
Daimion Stafford is 25 years old and was drafted by the Titans in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. Stafford had 52 tackles, one sack and one interception in 2016. His PFF grade was not that great but it was above Bethea’s.