Tennessee Titans Improve Special Teams On the First Day of Free Agency – Tennessee Titans News

Tennessee Titans Improve Special Teams On the First Day of Free Agency – Tennessee Titans News

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.

Jan 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett (20) is tackled by Oakland Raiders defensive back Brynden Trawick (41) and defensive tackle Darius Latham (75) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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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