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In an attempt to help quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Tennessee Titans are expected to sign wide receiver Adam Humphries. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver will receive a four-year, $36 million deal.

The Tennessee Titans are adding to their receiving corps. They are expected to sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries when the NFL’s free agency signing period begins at 4 pm ET on Wednesday.

After going undrafted in 2015, Humphries spent four seasons with Tampa Bay. He caught 5 of his 9 total touchdowns last season and has not missed a game over the last two seasons. ESPN’s Diana Russini reported that the New England Patriots were also interested in Humphries.

The Titans offseason plan, outlined here, is to surround quarterback Marcus Mariota with as much talent as possible. Humphries is a positive step towards that goal.

Why did the Titans sign Humphries?

The Titans receiver group underperformed the last few years, and Humphries solidifies the slot position. They also badly missed tight end Delanie Walker after he suffered a leg injury in week 1. Corey Davis was the lone bright spot at receiver in 2018. But the Titans must give Mariota more options. Of the free agent wide receivers available, Humphries might be one of the best values. After Tennessee dropped out of the Antonio Brown sweepstakes, the Titans opted for the cheaper alternative. Humphries can play in the slot, outside, or even line up in the backfield. Humphries’ versatility and sticky hands made him an attractive free agent to target.

What can Humphries bring to the Titans?

Humphries has strong hands and runs clean, precise routes. In fact, fellow PFN writer Shane Tyler broke down Humphries’ film. What sticks out the most from Humphries’ film is his ability to play from any position on the field. The Buccaneers frequently used the speedy receiver on screens, quick slants and reverses. In Tennessee, first-time offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will use Humphries to create favorable matchups. Pairing Humphries with first-round pick Corey Davis gives the Titans a formidable duo heading into the NFL Draft.

What does signing Humphries mean for the Titans? 

This move reiterates the Titans’ willingness to stick with Marcus Mariota for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, I think Mike Vrabel and Arthur Smith will return to a run-first offense. However, adding a versatile playmaker like Humphries in free agency allows the Titans to get creative on offense. Part of Mariota’s recent struggles have come from poor decision making on slow developing plays. If the Titans can establish a successful running game, it will open up the underneath passing game to Humphries. This will allow him to show off his ability to tack on big yardage after the catch. In Humphries, the Titans get a no-frills, hard-working wide receiver with a diverse route tree and great hands. Marcus Mariota is smiling in Nashville.