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With the start of NFL free agency just days away, we have a more concrete idea of how much salary cap space the Tennessee Titans will have to work with.
The start of the legal tampering period, when teams can begin contacting and negotiating with free agents, begins on March 15, but no deals can be made official until the start of the new league year on March 17 at 4 p.m. ET.
Ahead of those important dates, the Titans currently have $18.2 million in cap space, per the NFL’s own accounting, and as shared by ESPN’s Field Yates.
However, that number does not factor in moves that can’t be made official until the start of the new league year (March 17), like the Titans’ trade of Isaiah Wilson to the Miami Dolphins, for example.
When we factor in that trade, the Titans have roughly $16.4 million to spare.
We know that because Wilson was due $2.6 million in 2021 had he stayed on the roster, but after being dealt the Titans incur a $4.4 million dead money hit (a difference of $1.8 million) for this coming season following the trade.
While that cap space figure might not seem like a lot with all he team’s needs, general manager Jon Robinson can make the most of it by signing players to deals that are backloaded and/or contain voidable “dummy” years.
It’s also possible we might see some contract restructures or more cuts in the coming days that allows Tennessee to free up more money, but for now this is what the Titans have to work with.