The Tennessee Titans have a lot of issues to fix, but one of the bigger problems is their offensive line. With several pending free agents on the line, the Titans today made one move and a few announcements that will shake up the group just a bit.
First, Tennessee has extended a second round restricted free agency tender to starting center Fernando Velasco, who came in and played exceptionally well for the Titans when starting center Eugene Amano went down during training camp last season.
This is a good thing for both Velasco and the Titans, as that tender offer means Velasco would be locked in for a little over $2 million next year, and any team who attempts to sign him will have to give the Titans a second round pick as compensation (if the Titans don’t match the offer). This also means that Amano will have to most likely negotiate with the team to lower his cap number, and be satisfied playing as a reserve center or guard.
The Titans also announced that they will not be retaining reserve C/G Kevin Matthews, who is an exclusive rights free agent as well as son of Titans coach Bruce Matthews, and will also not retain C/G Kyle DeVan, another exclusive rights free agent.
Fixing the interior of the Titans offensive line has to be done, and keeping a young rising talent like Velasco was the right move. The Titans have also now freed up some cap space, and have given themselves some wiggle room for finding new guards via free agency or in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Titans GM Ruston Webster now has the opportunity to work on a long-term deal with Velasco, and to bring some stability to the interior of their offensive line.