Titans, Kenny Vaccaro agree to four-year deal

Erik Bacharach
The Tennessean

Titans general manager Job Robinson called Kenny Vaccaro a "primary target" in free agency this offseason. He wasn't joking.

After proving himself on a one-year deal in Nashville, Vaccaro earned himself a longer stay in the Titans' secondary. The team and veteran safety have agreed to terms on a new deal, an NFL source said. NFL Network reported the four-year contract to be worth $26 million with $11.5 million in guarantees.

Vaccaro had 58 tackles and two sacks as a keg cog in Tennessee's secondary this past season. He missed three games with an elbow injury but started the other 13. The Titans signed Vaccaro in August to a one-year, $1.5 million deal after incumbent Johnathan Cyprien, whom the Titans announced they have released, went down with an ACL tear. 


"I think Kenny helped us out. He bailed us out," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said on Dec. 31, a day after their season ended with a loss to the Colts. "We lost Cyp, and Kenny was available to come in and brought a physical presence. He was banged up there for a little bit and fought through the elbow. I think he did some good things for us."

At the NFL combine in Indianapolis late last month, Robinson emphasized Vaccaro as a priority.

"We’re kind of working through several things now with (Vaccaro) and with that position group as a whole," Robinson said on Feb. 27. "There’s some guys that in free agency, Kenny being a primary target, and guys in the draft and we’ll just kind of have to see how that manufactures itself and how that plays out down here at the end."

Vaccaro has a supporter in Kevin Byard, the Titans safety who shares an agent with Vaccaro and took to Twitter after the news broke to voice his approval.

"I was trying not to say nothing this offseason but I'd take my guy (Vaccaro) over anybody," Byard tweeted. "Congrats my boy happy as hell for you !!"


Cyprien, meanwhile, signed a four-year, $25 million contract with the Titans in March 2017. By releasing him with two years left on his deal, the Titans save $4.75 million against the cap but would be saddled with $1.5 million in dead money, according to overthecap.com. 

Cyprien played in only 10 games since signing with the Titans. He had 57 tackles in 2017.

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An impactful presence on special teams, Fluellen has 23 games of experience for the Titans. Injuries limited him to seven games this past season after he played in all 16 games in 2017.

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