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Report: Titans expected to pick up 5th year option on Kendall Wright

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The 5th year option decision is a big deal in the new CBA.  This is where the team has to decide on a pretty substantial amount of guaranteed money on a third-year player for the fifth year before they play their fifth year.  Clear as mud?  The first time the Titans faced this decision was last offseason on Jake Locker.  The decision there was pretty easy as the amount of money was huge and Locker hadn't earned that.

This year they face the same decision with Kendall Wright.  Jim Wyatt is reporting that the Titans are expected to pick up the option (I have not been able to get confirmation that Wright celebrated by tripping and falling down, but I am certain that is what happened)  That option is worth around $7.3 million, according to Wyatt, and is fully guaranteed once it is exercised.  The Titans have until May 3rd to make the decision.

Wright has been a solid player for the Titans.  Wright has 215 catches for 2,420 yards and 12 touchdowns in his three seasons with the team.  Those numbers would no doubt be better if the quarterback play had been better (and, you know, if he could stay on his feet after he catches the ball).

$7.3 million seems a little high for Wright to me, but they really don't have a choice here.  He is their best receiver right now, and they really don't have anyone else to pay.  Don't get me wrong, I think Wright is a solid player, but your team is in trouble if he is your #1 receiver.  That is where the Titans currently find themselves.