The Tennessee Titans are signing free-agent kicker Cade York to their practice squad, according to multiple reports. The Titans are doubling down at kicker despite acquiring Nick Folk from the New England Patriots in a trade on Tuesday. We love this move by Titans general manager Ran Carthon.
Titans are signing former Browns’ kicker Cade York to their practice squad, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2023
They also traded a 2025 7th-round pick to New England yesterday for kicker Nick Folk.
The Titans sent a 2025 seventh-round selection to the Patriots in exchange for Folk. The 38-year-old Folk is a temporary bandaid solution. In 2022, Folk went 32-for-37 on field-goal attempts (86 percent).
The Titans have had longstanding issues at the kicker position in recent years. That’s why the decision to add York to the practice squad represents a wise move. York was waived by the Cleveland Browns earlier this week after they acquired Dustin Hopkins via trade.
A fourth-round pick of the Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft, York entered the league with a decorated collegiate resume. One of the most talked-about kickers in SEC history, York struggled to acclimate to his new surroundings. He made just 24-of-32 attempts (75 percent) as a rookie in 2022.
Attempting to rehabilitate York’s confidence behind the scenes is such a wise move for the Titans. Folk will begin the regular-season campaign as the starting kicker. York may prove to be a long-term solution if he can get past a case of the yips. Kicking is 90% mental and York is extremely talented. The Titans will attempt to rejuvenate York via a pressure-free environment.
Carthon is attempting to ensure the Titans don’t run into any more kicking problems.