The Tennessee Titans plan to tender starting left guard Quinton Spain, a source close to the situation told TitanInsider.com.
Spain, a restricted free agent, is likely to receive the lowest tender offer of $1.905 million, a salary that would be a bargain for a starting offensive lineman.
By tendering Spain at the right of first refusal, it means the Titans have the right to match any offer Spain might receive from another NFL club. However, if the Titans decline to match that offer, then they would lose Spain to that club without compensation.
Spain, who signed with the Titans as an undrafted rookie from West Virginia in 2015, has made 33 starts for Tennessee over the past three seasons.
In addition to Spain, it appears that the Titans may not be inclined to tender exclusive rights free agent Curtis Riley, a backup safety. That tender offer would be $705,000, which means the Titans – if they have interest in retaining Riley – might be better off signing him to an extension with a lower base salary.
As TitanInsider first reported last week, the club is still working to retain starting right guard Josh Kline, who can become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. Some other clubs have also gotten into that mix as the pre-free agency negotiating period began on Monday. However, the Titans and Kline are working to iron out an extension.
Also, linebacker Avery Williamson is still a player the Titans have interest in retaining, though he could draw interest from other clubs. Earlier in the day, a report said that Williamson had rejected a four-year, $12 million offer from the Titans. However, a source with knowledge of the situation said in a text, “no idea what you’re talking about” when asked if that report was true.
The team has also met with representatives for free agent linebacker Erik Walden, but he appears set to hit the free agent market.