Report: Titans among 3 teams most interested in Antonio Brown

Nick Gray
The Tennessean

The Titans are one of three teams who have shown the most interest in acquiring disgruntled All-Pro Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter's report late on Friday night indicated that the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins are the other two teams that have shown the most interest in the 30-year-old wide receiver from Central Michigan, who requested a trade away from the Steelers last month.

The Titans certainly have a need at receiver, with only Corey Davis emerging as a starting-level option. Taywan Taylor flashed at points during the team's run to the playoffs in December but only caught 37 passes overall for 466 yards in 2018. Tajae Sharpe had a 100-yard game against the Chargers in London, but was rarely heard from before or since.

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In the trio's defense, each receiver is age 24 or younger. But this is an important season for Marcus Mariota and the future of the Titans offense.

Even if Brown is not eventually a Titan, a veteran, reliable pass catcher could give one of the league's worst passing offenses (from last season, at least) a boost.

Brown has caught 100 or more passes in the last six seasons and has totaled up seven 1,000-yard seasons, all with the Steelers.

The main issue league-wide for Brown, financially speaking, is his cap charge throughout the rest of his contract.

Brown is signed through 2021, and his cap number is at $22.65 million, according to Spotrac. The Steelers would have to count that charge on their salary cap whether they trade, cut or keep Brown.  Pittsburgh would only be able to save a substantial amount of money in the life of the contract by releasing Brown before the 2021 season. 

For the Titans, future salary cap space is of little concern. With more than $25 million in salary cap rollover from the 2018 season, the Titans have about $34 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.

Current Titans wide receivers

Corey Davis — 65 catches, 891 yards, 4 touchdowns in 2018

Tajae Sharpe — 26 catches, 316 yards, 2 touchdowns in 2018

Taywan Taylor — 37 catches, 466 yards, 1 touchdown in 2018

Cameron Batson — 8 catches, 82 yards in 2018

Darius Jennings — 11 catches, 101 yards in 2018

Roger Lewis — Did not play in 2018

Devin Ross — Signed to the Titans practice squad on Oct. 15

Kalif Raymond — Did not play in 2018

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