Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Titans’ free agent class. One by one, we’ll provide some basic details on the player before making an argument for both sides — why the Titans should, or shouldn’t re-sign that player. We’ll also offer our final verdict and a prediction to go along with it.
We start this new series today with the team’s biggest free agent.
Name: Corey Davis
Position: wide receiver
Why the Titans should keep Davis: The Titans finally got the most out of Davis in 2020. Davis has battled through injuries and inconsistent play throughout his career. He also suffered through some bad quarterback play in his early years. Davis’ struggles made it that much sweeter to see him finally put it together in his fourth season in Tennessee. Davis posted career highs in yards (984) and touchdowns (5) while equaling his career best in catches (65). It’s a shame that he fell just short of 1,000 receiving yards, but it takes nothing away from the terrific year he had.
Why the Titans should keep Davis is an easy argument to make. This offense was firing on all cylinders in 2020. Why wouldn’t you want to keep it intact? The offense finished top five in the following categories: points scored (491), yards (6,343), rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and had a top five red zone offense.
General manager Jon Robinson should try to run things back on offense.
Why the Titans should let Davis walk: It’s awfully convenient that Davis had the best season of his career in a contract year. This isn’t the first time that a professional athlete has performed his best with the future of his personal finances on the line. We’ve seen teams get burned by this in the past (Albert Haynesworth, anyone?). If the Titans were to re-sign Davis to a big contract and he reverted to the player we saw in his first three seasons, the one that struggled with injuries and consistency, it would be a bad contract to give out. Plus, how much money can you tie up in the receiver position? A.J. Brown is the team’s clear cut No. 1 receiver, and the team is going to need to sign him to a massive contract extension within the next two years.
Final verdict: It was tough to make that argument against re-signing Davis, because I do think this team should try to keep him. He’s always been an excellent team player, and it was wonderful to see him put it all together in 2020. The Titans should make a reasonable attempt to keep him in Tennessee. They should be looking to run this offense back in 2021.
Prediction: Davis signs elsewhere for bigger money and an opportunity to become the No. 1 receiver in an offense that is starved for production from the position. I’d say a team like the New York Jets make a lot of sense.
What are your thoughts? Should the Titans re-sign Davis? Leave your opinion in the comments.