The Tennessee Titans have hammered out a five-year, $87.5 million contract with pass rusher Harold Landry III that includes $52.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source.
One of the Tennessee Titans’ biggest priorities this offseason is maintaining their aggressive, talented pass-rushing corps. Titans general manager Jon Robinson spoke about Landry and other Tennessee free agents at the 2022 NFL Combine.
Harold Landry III had an impressive season
Landry recorded a career-high 12 sacks last season and is a pending unrestricted free agent. Tennessee met during the NFL scouting combine, and Robinson expressed confidence.
Robinson struck a confident stance about holding onto Landry, who wasn’t named their franchise player at the franchise tag deadline.
“I hope so, but there’s a lot of factors that go into that,” Robinson said when asked if he thinks a new deal will be struck at the combine. “He’s certainly worked hard. He’s been about what we’re about. We’re going to do our best to keep him.”
Landry doesn’t turn 26 until June, has a Pro Bowl and double-digit sack season under his belt, and has overall scheme versatility. That’s a rare outlook for the open market, as teams typically don’t let players like that walk free.
The Titans signed outside linebacker Bud Dupree to a five-year, $82 million deal last year. Plus, standout defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons is in line for a new contract in the next year.
The Titans recorded 43 sacks last season, a big jump from 19 sacks the previous year.
It was a good group of defensive linemen, including Denico Autry.
“I think that all of those guys benefited from each other,” Robinson said. “I thought the rush was coordinated. I thought (Denico’s) presence, along with Jeffery’s presence, helped Harold. I hope Harold’s presence helped Jeffery.
“That’s what you want from that front, but it is a balance of trying to keep that thing together and working through Harold’s contract and being mindful of players we have coming down the pipe too that we want to try to keep there as well.”
And now they have locked up Landry.