Titans to decline fifth-year option on Jack Conklin

Titans to decline fifth-year option on Jack Conklin

The Tennessee Titans will not pick up the fifth-year option on right tackle Jack Conklin, a league source confirmed to TitanInsider.com on Wednesday.
The news was first reported by Profootballtalk.com.
Conklin, the Titans’ first-round pick in 2016 and the first draft choice made by current general manager Jon Robinson, would have had a salary of $12.866 million in 2020 had the club chosen to exercise that option.
Conklin, who was the eighth overall pick in the draft, was part of some dealing by Robinson when the Titans acquired him. The dealt the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a package that dropped the Titans to No. 15. The Rams then used the top overall choice to select quarterback Jared Goff. Robinson then made another deal to move back up to No. 8 where he chose Conklin.
The rookie was immediately installed at right tackle by then-coach Mike Mularkey and responded with an All-Pro season in his first NFL campaign.
Conklin continued to play solid football for the Titans in his second season, but suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the divisional round of the 2017 AFC Playoffs.
Surgery was performed and Conklin used all of the 2018 off-season, training camp and preseason to rehab the injury. The Titans elected not to begin the season with Conklin on the physically unable to perform list, as he was back in the lineup by the fourth week of the regular season. However, his level of play was below what he had shown in his first two seasons due to the injury.
Conklin suffered a less severe re-injury to his left knee on Dec. 6 vs. Jacksonville and was shut down for the season by going on injured reserve. He played in just nine games last season.
The declining of Conklin’s option puts him on track to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019 season. Others who also have expiring contracts for the Titans include fellow high draft picks in quarterback Marcus Mariota, running back Derrick Henry and safety Kevin Byard.
In addition to that, veteran cornerback Logan Ryan and veteran inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard also are scheduled to become free agents.

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