Titans expected to retain David Fluellen, Tye Smith

Titans expected to retain David Fluellen, Tye Smith

The Tennessee Titans are likely to bring back exclusive rights free agent David Fluellen and probably will tender restricted free agent cornerback Tye Smith as well, a league source indicated to TitanInsider.com.

Both players had their 2018 seasons cut short due to injuries.

Fluellen suffered a knee injury in a November win over the New England Patriots, and was eventually placed on injured reserve.

The third-year running back from Toledo cut his teeth on the Titans practice squad for two seasons before making the active roster for good in 2017. Fluellen has served primarily as the Titans third running back in each of those two years, and has also established himself as one of Tennessee’s top special teams players. The exclusive rights free agent tender is a $720,000 non-guaranteed salary and would give the Titans his sole rights.

Smith, a former Seattle Seahawks draft pick in 2015 from Towson, was signed by the Titans to a futures contract in 2017 and had a strong enough camp to make the 53-man roster. Smith was also a stalwart on special teams that season, and wound up seeing playing time in sub-packages late in the season after injuries struck in the secondary. Smith had one interception in 2017 and recorded 12 tackles. He also played in both of Tennessee’s postseason games that year, recording six solo tackles.

Smith sustained an undisclosed injury in training camp last season and was placed on injured reserve, costing him all of the 2018 season. Smith would likely receive the original round tender of $2.025 million. Smith would be free to negotiate with other clubs if tendered at that level, and if a team signed him to an offer sheet, the Titans could either match the offer and retain him or allow him to go to that club in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

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