2013 Cap hit for all WRs on roster ($12.795m) – 11.97% of team spend Players under contract: Nate Washington (6’1”, 177) – 29 years old 2013 Cap Number - $5.1m ($4.2m salary + $0.9m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $4.8m ($4.8m salary) 2015 Cap Number – UFA Lavelle Hawkins (5’11”, 194) – 26 years old 2013 Cap Number - $2.57m ($1.9m salary + $0.67m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $3.17m ($2.5m salary + $0.67m SB pro-rata) 2015 Cap Number – UFA Kendall Wright (5’10”, 196) – 23 years old 2013 Cap Number - $1.86m ($0.76m salary + $1.1m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $2.24m ($1.14m salary + $1.1m SB pro-rata) 2015 Cap Number – $2.61m ($1.51m salary + $1.1m SB pro-rata) Kenny Britt (6’3, 215) – 24 years old 2013 Cap Number – $2.33m ($1.35m salary + $0.98m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – UFA Damien Williams (6’1”, 199) – 24 years old 2013 Cap Number - $0.78m ($0.58m salary + $0.2m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number - UFA Marc Mariani (6’1”, 190) – 25 years old 2013 Cap Number – $0.575m 2014 Cap Number – UFA Michael Preston (6’5”, 206) – 23 years old 2013 Cap Number - $0.48m 2014 Cap Number - RFA 3 burning questions 1. Is Kenny Britt ever going ot be a true #1 again? Before his knee injury last year, his performances on the field were clearly the best we had seen from a receiver in Tennessee for some time (or ever). He had all the makings of a dominant #1 receiver. His season in 2012 was just ok, and despite flashes of great promise, he didn’t make it back to anywhere near what he was before. This is his last year before free agency, so he needs a big year as much as the Titans do. 2. Is Nate Washington’s time up? Washington has been a very serviceable receiver for the Titans, but he has not shown any signs of becoming more than a complement. As our highest paid receiver and earning over $5m this season, he may not be worth the investment. 3. Will Mariani make it back from his broken leg? I have no doubt he is re-habbing as hard as he can to make it back, but there is no doubt that his roster spot is in jeopardy (either from Reynaud or a rookie). If he is not full speed by training camp, he faces an uphill battle. Free Agency: A smattering of #1’s are likely to hit the market and the fanchise tag of over $10m means it may be prohibitive for their teams to retain them. Dwayne Bowe Greg Jennings Mike Wallace Wes Welker Victor Cruz (RFA) Danny Amendola Brandon Tate Donnie Avery Austin Collie Brian Hartline Jerome Simpson Julian Edelman Devery Henderson Danario Alexander Possible Cap Casualties: Darius Heyward-Bey Steve Breaston Devin Hester Anquan Boldin Potential Draft Targets: It wouldn’t totally shock me if we go WR in the 1st round again. I certainly think that the Titans staff know that their future rests entirely with Jake Locker’s success and if getting him more targets helps that, then it may well happen. Expect at least one receiver to be drafted, regardless of whether or not we play in free agency. Cordarelle Patterson, Tennessee Da’rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech Summary Going into this season, I think everyone hoped the return of Britt and arrival of Kendall Wright made this a team strength. Well, it didn’t quite pan out like that. Britt was barely average and while Kendall Wright led the NFL in receptions by a rookie (and led the Titans in receptions), he had a very low yards/catch (9.8). He did not prove to be the explosive big-play threat we hoped for. I think it is fair to expect much more from both these guys in 2013. Williams and Preston both have low cap numbers and will stick through training camp where they will have an opportunity to audition for more playing time. It is likely they will be kept as bit-part players and depth. Hawkins is gone for sure. 5 receptions in 2012 does not justify his salary. Nate may also be shown the door if the Titans decide to make a splash in Free Agency or the draft. My take With the only players contracted beyond 2013 at WR being Wright, Hawkins and Washington, the Titans need to do something to shore up WR long term. They also need to ensure Jake gets every opportunity by surrounding him with explosive playmakers. Hawkins will be one of the first guys cut, and I think the Titans will let Nate go as well. Of the big name free agents, Jennings appeals the most and I can see the Titans making a play for him. If not, don’t be shocked if the Titans draft one high (again). I would be inclined to extend Britt’s contract but I don’t think the coaching staff (or Britt) are keen to do so.