Five Biggest Moves for Titans this Offseason



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** It's been a busy offseason for the Titans, so ranking the highlights isn't easy.

But we're giving it a shot here.

The five biggest moves under the new regime of general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey:


No. 1**

Trading the No.1 pick

National observers were skeptical about Robinson's chances of moving the pick. But the first-year GM pulled it off. It was a bold move, and a lucrative one. In the trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the Titans received a pair of second-round picks, and a third-rounder in 2016. The Titans selected Penn State DL Austin Johnson (43rd overall) and RB Derrick Henry (45th) with the second round picks, and gained extra ammunition with the third-round pick. The biggest prize of the trade will arrive in next year's draft, however. Robinson got a first-rounder from the Rams as part of the haul. Time will tell how good that pick ends up being.

No. 2

Trading for DeMarco Murray

This was the deal that let everyone know Robinson meant business -- and things were going to be different. Less than two months into Robinson's regime, the Titans acquired the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year from 2014. Robinson did it by simply swapping fourth-round picks with the Eagles in the NFL Draft. The move was well received by the players, and the fan base. While Murray's numbers dipped with fewer opportunities last season in Philadelphia after a ton of success in Dallas, the Titans expect him to deliver in a big way in Tennessee.


No. 3**

Trade back up to No.8

The Titans moved back to No.15 in the deal with the Rams, but Robinson planned to move back into the draft's top 10. If he was going to get the player he wanted, he knew he wouldn't be able to get him in the middle of the round. On the first day of the draft, Robinson used the third-rounder he got from Los Angeles and added a second-rounder in 2017 to move up to Cleveland's spot at No.8 to get a guy the team coveted – Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin. The Titans expect Conklin to be a fixture on the offensive line for a decade.

No. 4

Extending TE Delanie Walker's contract

In adding additional years to Walker's contract, which initially was scheduled to expire after the 2016 season, the Titans kept one of their best players, a dependable Pro Bowler. It was a huge move for quarterback Marcus Mariota and the offense for years to come. In getting the deal done early, the Titans also sent a strong message to other players in the locker room – work hard, and do things the right way, and you'll be rewarded. And you can bet it didn't go unnoticed.

No. 5

Signing center Ben Jones

One of the biggest priorities heading into the offseason was to fix an offensive line that needed to be repaired. The Titans took a big step in doing just that by signing Jones back on March 9. The former Houston Texans center is a tone-setter who should be a key leader up front. He's proven to be a dependable pro in his four NFL seasons, and with draft picks like Conklin and Sebastian Tretola now in the fold, Jones is a great guy for the young offensive linemen to follow as they begin their careers.

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