Special teams ace/LB Daren Bates agrees to a 3-year, $6m deal with #Titans, source said.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 9, 2017
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) March 9, 2017
The Tennessee Titans began the first day of free agency in the NFL by focusing on their special teams, an area in which they struggled last year. The team has signed LB Daren Bates and S Brynden Trawick, both formerly of the Oakland Raiders. They also re-signed LB Nate Palmer to a multiyear deal.
Bates’ contract, which makes him the highest paid special teams player in the league, is for two years and $4.75 million dollars. With incentives, the deal could become worth $6.85 million, as reported by TitanInsider.com’s Terry McCormick. Trawick will make $6 million over the course of the next three years.
In 2016, the Titans struggled immensely on special teams. By the middle of October, the unit had allowed two punt return touchdowns. Though they improved a bit by season’s end, the Titans’ Special Teams was nowhere near where it needed to be.
For those reasons, Jon Robinson prioritized improving the often neglected third phase of the game by signing Trawick and Bates, and keeping Palmer around. All…
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