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A potential swing tackle to backup Taylor Lewan and Dennis Kelly.
#Titans agree to terms with offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 25, 2020
The 6’-5”, 315 pounder was released by the Falcons two weeks ago in a cap clearing move. Just last offseason, Atlanta had signed Sambrailo to a three year, $14.25 million contract with expectations that he might be their starting right tackle, but after selecting two offensive linemen in the first round of the 2019 draft, Sambrailo was relegated to backup duty and made expendable.
This makes a ton of sense for the Titans, who had no proven tackle depth behind expected starters Taylor Lewan and Dennis Kelly. The 28 year old Sambrailo played in a very similar scheme in Atlanta and has familiarity with Titans offensive line coach Keith Carter. Carter coached running backs for the Falcons in 2017, Sambrailo’s first year in Atlanta.
For those tracking the possibility of 2021 compensatory picks for the Titans.. because he was released and did not have his contract expire “naturally”, Sambrailo won’t count against the Titans in the compensatory pick formula.
On a fun note, Sambrailo set the record for longest touchdown reception by an offensive lineman in NFL history last year when he scored from 35 yards out against the Bucs.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 29, 2019
All kidding aside… we know that the Titans like to throw to their third tackle at times in the red zone. They threw touchdown passes to offensive linemen three times in 2019 and Sambrailo showed some skills in the clip above. I would be willing to bet that we hear the words “touchdoooooooown Titans, it’s Ty Sambrailo!!!” escape Mike Keith’s mouth at least once in 2020.