Titans to sign former Buccaneers slot receiver Adam Humphries
Marcus Mariota has a new, reliable weapon at his disposal.
The Titans are set to sign former Buccaneers receiver Adam Humphries, a league source confirmed to The Tennessean, giving the wide receiving corps a proven provider and the offense the type of jolt it was missing a season ago.
The deal, first reported by NFL Network, is reportedly worth $36 million over four years. ESPN reported the Titans were bidding against the New England Patriots for Humphries "all day."
Humphries, 26, had a career high in receptions (76), receiving yards (816) and receiving touchdowns (five) last season. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder will be entering his fifth year in the NFL after being signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2015.
With his reliability out of the slot and his consistency as a producer, Humphries seems like an ideal fit for Mariota and the Titans, who lacked consistent weapons a season ago. Corey Davis led the team in 2018 with 65 catches and 891 receiving yards. No other player had more than 500 receiving yards.
The league started its free agency legal tampering period Monday, so the deal will not be announced until Wednesday at the earliest.
With three 24-year-old wide receivers in Davis, Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe, the Titans entered this offseason in the market for a veteran at the position. General manager Jon Robinson said as much at the NFL combine in Indianapolis at the end of February.
"You've got to have a mixture of veteran guys and youth at really every position group," Robinson said on Feb. 27. "And I'd say that position group (wide receiver) is one of our younger position groups. We'll kind of go through free agency and see how the market goes, and if there's a veteran out there that we think can help us, certainly not averse to adding one of those guys."