The Titans announced this afternoon that they’ve agreed to terms with wide receiver Cameron Batson on a one year extension.
Like Anthony Firkser, Batson was an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) which essentially means that he was left with no choice but to sign the one year minimum salary contract that the team likely offered him. In actuality, ERFAs aren't really “free” at all. Batson is likely going to carry a cap hit of around $700,000 for the 2020 season.
Batson was a surprise inclusion on the team’s initial 53-man roster in 2018 as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech. He caught 8 passes for 82 yards in 11 appearances as a rookie, but missed all of last season with a shoulder injury suffered early in training camp.
The 5’-8”, 175 pound dynamo brings smarts and toughness to the table to go along with his 4.32 speed. The Titans seemed to like him quite a bit and it appeared likely that he would have the best chance to grab the kick return/WR6 roster spot heading into 2019, a spot eventually controlled by Kalif Raymond.
Tennessee will return their top three receivers in A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, and Adam Humphries this fall, but the position has plenty of mystery outside of the starters. Tajae Sharpe is set to be an unrestricted free agent and Raymond is the only other receiver on the roster with any real NFL experience.
If the team brings in additional help at this position — or if they bring back Sharpe — Batson could find himself battling with Raymond for a roster spot. That gives the team two low cost options that bring speed and special teams ability to the table and that’s never a bad thing.