Titans 2023 Offseason Primer/Tracker

The Titans 2022 season comes to an end after a 20-16 loss to division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. The loss gave the Titans a 7-10 record and ended their season on a 7-game losing streak. The 2022 season can be summed up as a season full of injuries and inconsistencies. The Titans now have back-to-back record setting amount of players fielded due to injuries with 86 this year and 91 last season. Inconsistencies with players and coaching primarily on the offensive line and offensive staff were a big part of the 7-game losing streak to end the season.

On January 19, 2023, two days after the Titans loss to the Jaguars, the Titans fired offensive coordinator Todd Downing, offensive line coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midget and offensive skills assistant Erik Frazier.

So going into the 2023 offseason, many questions surround the organization. Who will be the next GM? Who will the Titans select with the 11th overall pick? Who will replace former offensive coordinator Todd Downing? 

As we wait for the answers to the questions above, we will keep track off all of the Tennessee Titans moves below for 104-5 The Zone’s 2023 Offseason Primer and Tracker. This page will be continuously updated as the offseason rolls on.


GM Candidates 

On December 6, 2022, Amy Adams Strunk fired general manager Jon Robinson after 6.5 seasons. Even though the Titans never had a losing season under Robinson and despite being 7-5 at the time of the firing, Amy Adams Strunk decided it was time to move on. In response to Robinson’s firing, the Titans appointed VP of player personnel Ryan Cowden to lead player personnel for the remainder of the season.

Amy Adams Strunk and the Tennessee Titans announced their interest in general manager candidates Adam Peters, Ran Carthon, Glenn Cook, Ian Cunningham, Malik Boyd, and Quentin Harris as well as internal candidates Interim GM and VP of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden and Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort.

Adam Peters is currently the San Francisco 49ers assistant GM and is considered to be one of the top GM candidates in the NFL. Ran Carthon, who is also with the 49ers, is their director of player personnel.

Glen Cook is currently the Cleveland Browns assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel after being promoted from vice president of player personnel following the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Ian Cunningham is also considered one of the top GM candidates as the Chicago Bears assistant general manager. Cunningham has also spent time under Ozzie Newsome in the Baltimore Ravens organization as well as under Howie Roseman with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Malik Boyd is the Buffalo Bills Senior Director of Pro Scouting and is in his 20th season in the NFL. Boyd was promoted to the role of Senior Director of Pro Scouting with the Bills after the 2020 season.

Quentin Harris just completed his 15th season in the Arizona Cardinals’ scouting department and second as Vice President, Player Personnel after being promoted last February.

GM Candidate Tracker

Ryan Cowden (Titans) – Interviewed on 1/12/23

Monti Ossenfort (Titans) – Interviewed on 1/12/23 – Accepted Arizona Cardinals GM Opening on 1/16/23

Adam Peters (49ers) – Declined Interview on 1/11/23

Ran Carthron (49ers) – Interviewed on 1/13/23Hired as Titans GM on 1/18/23

Glenn Cook (Browns) – Interviewed on 1/13/23

Ian Cunningham (Bears) – Interviewed on 1/14/23

Quentin Harris (Cardinals) – Interviewed on 1/14/23

Malik Boyd (Bills) – Interviewed on 1/17/23

UPDATE (1/18/23): The Tennessee Titans have hired Ran Carthon as the franchise’s 14th General Manager. Carthon joins the Titans after spending six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including the last two as the team’s Director of Player Personnel.

“We are excited to add Ran to our organization as our new general manager,” said Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk. “He brings a variety of valuable experiences to our team – as a former player and a successful personnel executive for multiple teams. I was impressed with his natural leadership qualities and his ability to connect with people. With talent evaluation being critical to this role, the roster they have built in San Francisco stands out. He played an important role there constructing one of our league’s best teams.”


Coaching Searches

On January 19, 2023, two days after the Titans loss to the Jaguars, the Titans fired offensive coordinator Todd Downing, offensive line coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midget and offensive skills assistant Erik Frazier.

As of 1/25/23, the Tennessee Titans have been linked to the following candidates for their coaching staff openings…

Offensive Coordinator: Tim Kelly (Titans), Eric Bieniemy (Chiefs), Matt Nagy (Chiefs), Mike LaFleur (Jets), Bill O’Brien (Alabama), Justin Outten (Broncos), Charles London (Falcons)

Offensive Line Coach:

Secondary Coach: Chris Harris (Commanders)


Titans Free Agents and Potential Cap Cuts 

The Tennessee Titans will have a lot of tough decisions to make during the 2023 offseason, not the least of which is what to do with the pending free agents that the team currently has. The job of retaining some of those free agents and bringing in more to improve the team may be difficult due to the fact that the Titans are projected to be $24,109,704 over the salary cap.

With that, the Titans may need to make tough decisions on players to get back salary cap space like releasing LT Taylor Lewan (creates $14.8M in cap space), WR Robert Woods ($12M), LB Zach Cunningham ($9.8 million), OLB Bud Dupree ($9.4M), DL Denico Autry ($7.2M), C Ben Jones ($3.7M) and possibly QB Ryan Tannehill ($17.8M).

Here is a list of the Titans soon to be free agents thanks to Spotrac.

PLAYER (25)POS.AGEFROMTO2022 AAVSTATUSMARKET VALUE
Austin HooperTE28TENTBD$6,000,000UFAMarket Value
Geoff SwaimTE29TENTBD$3,500,000UFA
A.J. MooreS27TENTBD$2,500,000UFA
Lonnie JohnsonCB25TENTBD$1,301,163UFA
Morgan CoxLS36TENTBD$1,272,500UFA
DeMarcus WalkerDE28TENTBD$1,187,500UFAMarket Value
Dontrell HilliardRB27TENTBD$1,187,500UFA
Dylan ColeILB28TENTBD$1,187,500UFA
Trenton CannonRB28TENTBD$1,187,500UFA
Terrance MitchellCB30TENTBD$1,120,000UFA
Mario EdwardsDE28TENTBD$1,120,000UFA
Corey LevinC28TENTBD$1,035,000UFA
Joe JonesOLB28TENTBD$1,035,000UFA
Andrew AdamsS30TENTBD$1,035,000UFA
Le’Raven ClarkRT29TENTBD$1,035,000UFA
Da’shawn HandDE27TENTBD$1,035,000UFA
Joshua KaluCB27TENTBD$965,000UFA
Nate DavisG26TENTBD$925,045UFAMarket Value
Teair TartDT25TENTBD$895,000RFA
Nick WestbrookWR25TENTBD$895,000RFA
Cody HollisterWR29TENTBD$895,000RFA
Aaron BrewerC25TENTBD$765,000RFAMarket Value
David LongLB26TENTBD$672,429UFAMarket Value
Dennis DaleyT26TENTBD$661,838UFA
Naquan JonesDT24TENTBD$660,000ERFA

Potential priorities to resign: LB David Long Jr., G Nate Davis, C/G Aaron Brewer (RFA), DE Demarcus Walker, DT Teair Tart (RFA), QB Joshua Dobbs (not listed above)


The Quarterback Position

The Titans have a decision to make regarding QB Ryan Tannehill, who is slated to make $27 million in 2023, with a $36 million cap hit. Should the team choose to move on from the veteran signal caller, here are a few names to consider as his replacement: 

  1. Tom Brady (Buccaneers): Brady will turn 46 when the 2023 season begins. A free agent, he has the choice to choose another team to play for, or to retire. If he chooses to play, the connections to the Titans are obvious, with HC Mike Vrabel being a former teammate of his.  
  1. Derek Carr (Raiders): Carr will be 32 in March and is looking for a fresh start after 9 seasons with the Raiders. His cap hit for 2023 is $34 million, which is a steep number for a team like the Titans, but it is still worth monitoring. 
  1. Aaron Rodgers (Packers): Perhaps the most polarizing name on the list, the 4-time league MVP could be on his way out of Green Bay, and reports have indicated that the Packers are unlikely to trade him within the NFC should they decide to trade him, and they have also indicated that they want at least 2 1st round picks in any trade involving Rodgers. There is also the matter of his current contract, a 3 year, $150 million deal he signed in 2022 that would pay him $50 million in 2023. The Titans, as well as the Colts and Jets, are possibilities. 
  1. Trey Lance (49ers): The rapid emergence of 2022 7th round draft pick Brock Purdy has changed the conversation around the former 3rd overall pick in 2021. If Purdy has locked up the job long term, it could force the 49ers to consider trading Lance. With former Director of Pro Personnel Ran Carthon now the GM in Tennessee, could he pull the trigger on a move like this while knowing he has a 5th year option on his rookie contract? 
  1. Lamar Jackson (Ravens): The question that has dominated NFL headlines all season is what will happen with the Ravens’ MVP quarterback. He is a free agent, and has reportedly asked for a fully guaranteed contract in the realm of Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s $230 million fully guaranteed contract. If the Ravens are unable to sign him to a new contract, many teams will be lining up to sign him. Could the Titans be one of those teams?
  1. Joshua Dobbs (Titans): The former 4th round pick out of Tennessee was signed off of the Lions’ practice squad on December 21st and made his first career start against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football just 8 days after signing with the Titans. Dobbs threw for 232 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in that game and despite the loss, Dobbs earned the confidence of Head Coach Mike Vrabel to get a second start vs Jacksonville with the AFC South Division Title and playoff berth on the line since QB Ryan Tannehill was placed on injured reserve. Dobbs should in the quarterback conversation going forward as the Titans backup QB, but also could be in the mix should the Titans choose to move on from Ryan Tannehill.
  1. Malik Willis (Titans): Willis was drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2022 NFL Draft. Willis, out of Liberty, flashed his talent at the NFL Combine and Pro Day but fell to the Titans in the 3rd round. Willis won the Titans’ backup QB spot over Logan Woodside despite showing that there was much room for improvement, as is the case with all rookies. During the 2022 regular season, Willis debut in a blowout game vs the Bills to get his first regular season NFL action where he went completed one of four passing attempts for six yards and rushed for 16 yards in the 41–7 loss. On October 30th, Willis was given his first career start vs the Texans due to Ryan Tannehill missing the game with an illness. Willis completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 55 yards and one interception in a 17–10 victory. Willis started 2 other games that ended in a loss for the Titans against the Chiefs and Texans. Further development is necessary should he want to be an NFL starter, however, if the Titans decide to move on from Ryan Tannehill this offseason, expect Willis to be in the mix of the starting QB conversation.
  1. NFL Draft: Could the Titans look into the 2023 NFL Draft for a franchise QB? We have listed a few names below that they could select this coming April if they choose to move in that direction.

Free Agency

The Titans have major needs to fill along the offensive line and at the wide receiver position and should look to free agency and the draft to help fill those needs. Here is a list of potential targets for the Titans: 

OT: 

  1. Orlando Brown Jr. (Kansas City) 
  1. Mike McGlinchey (San Fransisco) 
  1. Andre Dillard (Philadelphia) 
  1. Kaleb McGary (Atlanta) 
  1. Daniel Brunskill (San Fransisco) 

OG: 

  1. Isaac Seumalo (Philadelphia) 
  1. Dalton Risner (Denver) 
  1. Justin Pugh (Arizona) 
  1. Ben Powers (Baltimore) 

WR: 

  1. Juju Smith-Schuster (Kansas City) 
  1. Allen Lazard (Green Bay) 
  1. Keelan Cole (Las Vegas) 
  1. Marquez Callaway (New Orleans) 
  1. Darius Slayton (New York Giants) 
  1. Greg Dortch (Arizona) 

OLB: 

  1. Melvin Ingram (Miami) 
  1. Lorenzo Carter (Atlanta) 

ILB: 

  1. Deion Jones (Cleveland) 
  1. Devin Bush (Pittsburgh) 
  1. Tremaine Edmunds (Buffalo) 
  1. Alex Anzalone (Lions) 
  1. Denzel Perryman (Raiders) 
  1. Jayon Brown (Raiders) 
  1. Lavonte David (Buccaneers) 

2023 NFL Draft

The Tennessee Titans will have the 11th selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, their highest slot since selecting Corey Davis with the 5th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. They have several needs throughout the roster, chief among them the offensive line and wide receiver. Here are a few prospects worth monitoring as the draft process heats up: 

OL: 

  1. Paris Johnson Jr. (OT, Ohio State) 
  1. Peter Skoronski (OL, Northwestern) 
  1. Darnell Wright (OT, Tennessee) 
  1. O’Cyrus Torrence (OG, Florida) 
  1. Broderick Jones (OL, Georgia) 
  1. Dawand Jones (OT, Ohio State) 
  1. Blake Freeland (OT, BYU) 

WR:  

  1. Quentin Johnston (WR, TCU) 
  1. Josh Downs (WR, North Carolina) 
  1. Jalin Hyatt (WR, Tennessee) 
  1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR, Ohio State) 
  1. Jordan Addison (WR, USC) 
  1. Kayshon Boutte (WR, LSU) 
  1. Zay Flowers (WR, Boston College) 

RB:  

  1. Devon Achane (RB, Texas A&M) 
  1. Deuce Vaughn (RB, Kansas State) 
  1. Eric Gray (RB, Oklahoma) 

S: 

  1. Antonio Johnson (CB/S, Texas A&M) 
  1. Brandon Joseph (S, Notre Dame) 
  1. Chris Smith (S, Georgia) 
  1. Jalen Catalon (DB, Arkansas) 
  1. JL Skinner (DB, Boise State) 

LB:  

  1. Trenton Simpson (LB, Clemson) 
  1. Noah Sewell (ILB, Oregon) 
  1. Owen Pappoe (ILB, Auburn) 
  1. Drew Sanders (MLB, Arkansas) 
  1. Henry To’oTo’o (LB, Alabama) 
  1. Jack Campbell (LB, Iowa) 

TE: 

  1. Darnell Washington (TE, Georgia) 
  1. Dalton Kincaid (TE, Utah) 
  1. Arik Gilbert (TE, Georgia) 

EDGE: 

  1. Nolan Smith (LB, Georgia) 
  1. BJ Ojulari (DE/ED, LSU) 
  1. Tuli Tuipolotu (DL/ED, Ohio State) 
  1. Will McDonald IV (DE/ED, Iowa State) 

QB: 

  1. Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennessee) 
  1. Anthony Richardson (QB, Florida) 
  1. Jaren Hall (QB, BYU) 
  1. Max Duggan (QB, TCU) 

Tennessee Titans 2023 Home and Away Schedule

Home:  

Houston Texans 

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Indianapolis Colts 

Atlanta Falcons 

Baltimore Ravens 

Carolina Panthers 

Cincinnati Bengals 

Away: 

Houston Texans 

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Indianapolis Colts 

Cleveland Browns 

New Orleans Saints 

Pittsburgh Steelers 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

NFL London Style

The Tennessee Titans will be one of a handful of teams slotted to play in the NFL’s International Series in 2023. While the date and the opponent are TBD, we do know that the Titans will forfeit the extra home game on their schedule to play across the Atlantic Ocean. The game will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, UK, the first stadium outside of the United States to be designed for American Football. 

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