The Tennessee Titans still have a comfortable amount of salary cap space to make some moves in free agency.
According to Over the Cap, right tackle Dennis Kelly is set to count $3.5 million against the cap in the first year of his three-year, $21 million contract. It’s a very team-friendly deal that is also easy to get out of, as Kelly carries dead cap hits of $3.1 million in 2021 and $1.5 million in 2022.
And, when you add in the Jurrell Casey trade that saves the Titans about $10 million or so in 2020, Over the Cap has the Titans’ cap space at about $35.2 million.
However, not factored into that number is the reported one-year, $9.5 million contract Tennessee gave Vic Beasley. So, if we account for that, the Titans have roughly $25 million in cap space.
This leaves general manager Jon Robinson enough to bring in a big fish like pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, which might have been the idea behind trading Casey in the first place.
We also have to remember that the Titans need to keep money aside for their 2020 NFL Draft picks, so they might need to create even more cap space if Clowney is brought in.
Of course, Tennessee could still open up more money by restructuring contracts or making more cuts, although I’m not sure the Titans have many candidates left to do the latter.
One contract the Titans could restructure is that of Malcolm Butler’s, who is set to make $13.3 million in 2020. Chances are Tennessee won’t cut him, as the team would have to rebuild the entire secondary if Logan Ryan leaves.