Jack Conklin to sign with Browns; Dennis Kelly stays with Titans

Jack Conklin to sign with Browns; Dennis Kelly stays with Titans

The Tennessee Titans have lost a player to free agency on Monday’s first day of the legal tampering window.

Right tackle Jack Conklin agreed to a reported three-year, $42 million deal with the Cleveland Browns, with $30 million of that guaranteed, according to reports.

Conklin tweeted out his thanks to the Titans organization and fans for his first four years in the NFL.

Conklin, Jon Robinson’s first-ever draft choice in 2016, was All-Pro his rookie season, but suffered a torn ACL in the 2017 playoffs, causing him problems into the 2018 season, where he was limited to just nine games.

The Titans then decided against picking up his fifth-year option last off-season, and as a result, Conklin entered the free agent market a year early. The Browns, needing offensive line help, pounced early on the former Michigan State standout.

The loss of Conklin leaves the Titans looking for a starting right tackle. The team re-signed Dennis Kelly on Monday, announcing a multi-year deal. Kelly would be the leading candidate to start at right tackle, though the Titans could still address the position in the draft or free agency to create competition there.

Kelly took to Twitter to voice his excitement about staying with the Titans.

While Conklin exits the fold, a couple of other Titans free agents are still a possibility to return to the team.

According to a league source, the Titans have made an offer to outside linebacker Kamalei Correa and blocking tight end MyCole Pruitt, according to a source, is also a possibility to stay in Tennessee.

Receiver Tajae Sharpe is a player the Titans have some interest in retaining. However, he likely will draw interest from the outside as well.

According to a source, the “door remains open” for reserve cornerback Tye Smith to possibly return.

 

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