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Titans free agent spotlight: FB Khari Blasingame

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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.

Name: Khari Blasingame

Position: fullback

Age: 24

Why the Titans should keep Blasingame: This is an easy argument to make. Blasingame has made such a positive impact on the Titans’ running game in his two seasons in Tennessee. Since signing with the team back in November of 2019, Blasingame has served a role as a lead blocker for the prolific Derrick Henry. It’s clear that Blasingame has been a great fit for this offense. Arthur Smith was a big fan of what Blasingame brings to the table. He’s not your typical unathletic fullback either. Blasingame more than holds his own as a ball-carrier and is a weapon in the passing game as well. His impact doesn’t always show up on that stat sheet. In fact, it rarely does, but Blasingame plays a key role in this offense.

Why the Titans should let Blasingame walk: The fullback is a dying position and several NFL teams don’t even employ one nowadays. As the league continues its shift to pass-heavy attacks, the position will only continue to disappear in the coming years. Todd Downing is the new offensive coordinator, and we have no idea what he thinks about fullbacks. But Downing was a pass-happy coordinator in his last job as a play-caller, and he may not see a need for a fullback.

Final verdict: Blasingame is actually an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA), which means the Titans control his rights as long as they offer him a one-year contract at the league minimum (based on his credited seasons). They should take advantage of this and keep him in Tennessee.

Prediction: Blasingame is back in Tennessee after they execute their right to keep him as an EFRA.

What are your thoughts? Should the Titans re-sign Blasingame? Leave your opinion in the comments.