Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of the 2024 AFC wild card game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans CB L’Jarius Sneed agrees to 4-year, $76M deal

Newly acquired Tennessee Titans cornerback L’Jarius Sneed agreed to terms on a four-year, $76.4 million contract, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Sneed arrived in a weekend trade with Kansas City that netted a 2025 third-round pick for the Chiefs plus a 2024 seventh-round pick swap.

At $19.1 million per season, Sneed’s new deal ranks seventh in average annual value among NFL cornerbacks, per Spotrac. NFL Network reported that the terms include $55 million in guaranteed money and a $20 million signing bonus.

Sneed, 27, was a starter for the Chiefs’ back-to-back Super Bowl-winning squads in the 2022 and 2023 campaigns. The 2020 fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech had 10 interceptions, 40 passes defensed, 6.5 sacks and 303 tackles in 57 career games (54 starts) with Kansas City.

In 2023, Sneed had 78 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games, all starts. He added 17 tackles and three passes defensed in the playoffs, including three tackles in Kansas City’s 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) receives a pass to bring in a touchdown past Tennessee Titans cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (0) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

Titans land WR Calvin Ridley with $92M deal

The Tennessee Titans are signing wide receiver Calvin Ridley to a four-year, $92 million deal, his agents confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

The deal includes $50 million fully guaranteed for the 29-year-old wideout, who is coming off a 1,016-yard season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Titans also are signing quarterback Mason Rudolph to a one-year contract worth up to $3.62 million and kicker Nick Folk to a one-year deal for $3.755 million that could increase up to $4.13 million, according to reports.

Returning to the NFL after a season-long gambling suspension in 2022, Ridley started all 17 games for Jacksonville and caught 76 passes with eight touchdowns.

The Jaguars and New England Patriots were believed to be the front-runners to sign Ridley, who instead will line up opposite All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins in Nashville.

He set career highs with 90 receptions and 1,374 yards in 2020 with the Atlanta Falcons, who had selected him 26th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Alabama.

Ridley has 324 career receptions for 4,358 yards and 36 touchdowns in 66 games (52 starts).

Rudolph, 28, spent his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State. He has played in 21 games, starting 13, with a record of 8-4-1.

He has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,085 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Rudolph won all three of his starts in 2023 for injured starter Kenny Pickett to help the Steelers make the playoffs.

Folk, 39, played in all 17 games in 2023, his first season with the Titans, and made 29 of 30 field goals (league-best 96.7 percent) with a long of 53 yards. He also made 28 of 30 extra-point attempts (93.3 percent).

He has played 16 years in the league for the Dallas Cowboys (2007-09), New York Jets (2010-16), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017), New England Patriots (2019-22) and Titans. Folk is 382 of 456 (83.8 percent) on field goals and 486 of 503 (96.6 percent) on extra points.

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Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel heads off the field after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars     and knocking them out of the playoffs     after their game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

Titans part ways with coach Mike Vrabel

The Tennessee Titans parted ways with Mike Vrabel on Tuesday, two years after he was named the NFL Coach of the Year.

The Titans finished with a 6-11 record and in last place in the AFC South this season, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

“Earlier today, I spoke with Mike Vrabel and told him about my decision to make a change at head coach,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. “I appreciate Mike’s contributions to the Tennessee Titans both on and off the field.”

Vrabel, 48, leaves Nashville with a 54-45 record over six seasons. The Titans reached the postseason for three straight seasons from 2019-21, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game after the 2019 campaign.

Vrabel was the Coach of the Year during the 2021 season after guiding Tennessee to a 12-5 record and its second straight division title.

“As the NFL continues to innovate and evolve, I believe the teams best positioned for sustained success will be those who empower an aligned and collaborative team across all football functions,” Adams Strunk said in her statement. “Last year, we began a shift in our approach to football leadership and made several changes to our personnel to advance that plan. As I continued to assess the state of our team, I arrived at the conclusion that the team would also benefit from the fresh approach and perspective of a new coaching staff.”

The Titans fired general manager Jon Robinson in December 2022, replacing him with Ran Carthon last January.

The firing of Vrabel admittedly caught Titans star running back Derrick Henry by surprise.

“Wow. Wow. I’m shocked,” Henry told The Athletic. “Coach Vrabel is a leader of men. He is a great coach and teacher. I know he will get another opportunity right away. I look forward to it.”

After a 14-year career as an NFL linebacker that included three Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots, Vrabel was an assistant coach at his alma mater Ohio State (2011-13) and with the Houston Texans (2014-17). He was the Texans’ defensive coordinator in his final season there before taking over the Titans in 2018.

In his final appearance, Vrabel guided the Titans to a 28-20 home win on Sunday against Jacksonville that knocked the rival Jaguars out of the playoffs.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) dives just short of a first down with Houston Texans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) tripping him up during their game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023.

Texans, Titans hope to see rookie quarterbacks back in action

Although the team motivations are completely different, both the host Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are hopeful that their respective rookie quarterbacks will return from injury on Sunday.

Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, a step in a positive direction after he missed the previous two games with a concussion suffered in Week 14 against the New York Jets. Stroud led the league in passing with 3,631 yards before being sidelined, and his 98.7 passer rating was fifth in the NFL while his 279.3 passing yards per game ranked third.

Texans coach DeMeco Ryans said Stroud is in the fourth phase of the league’s concussion protocol and needs to clear one more hurdle before he can return to the field as the Texans prepare to host the Titans.

“It’s encouraging to have C.J. back out at practice,” Ryans said. “It was encouraging to see him. I think it just lifts everybody’s spirits to see him back doing well and still progressing in the right direction. So, happy about that.”

The Texans (8-7) are in a three-way tie with Jacksonville and Indianapolis atop the AFC South yet are currently eighth in conference seeding, on the outside looking in at the postseason picture. However, should Houston defeat the Titans and Colts over its final two games, it will secure its first playoff berth since the 2019 campaign.

The Titans have been eliminated from postseason contention, but they are anxious to get additional looks at Will Levis, who is 3-5 as a starter and was lost to an ankle injury in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Texans two weeks ago. Levis, who did not play last week in a setback against the Seattle Seahawks, has passed for 1,792 yards and eight touchdowns against four interceptions in his eight starts.

“We’ll see how this week goes, and I’m taking it day-by-day. I’m continuing to just prepare as if I was playing,” said Levis, who was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. “Keeping the same mindset regardless of the situation. … I’m continuing to work with the (trainers) to get me ready as soon as possible.”

Levis expressed an understandable level of anxiousness to get back on the field. While his rookie season is capped at two more starts at best, the momentum he generated as a starter offered a measure of promise for a franchise seeking a new direction this coming offseason.

“I just want to play ball,” Levis said. “I just want to go out there and win games and leave this season with a good taste in our mouth. We’ve had some tough losses. … There’s an opportunity to put a new version of us on tape against that same (Texans) defense, (and that’s) going to be exciting.”

Everyone practiced for the Titans on Wednesday, although 12 players were limited, including cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting (hip) and Caleb Farley (back).

Defensive tackles Sheldon Rankins (ankle) and Maliek Collins (hip) and guard Shaq Mason (calf) were among those who didn’t practice for Houston on Wednesday.

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Sep 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterbacks Malik Willis (7), Ryan Tannehill (17) and Will Levis (8) head to the field face the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ryan Tannehill in for injured Titans QB Will Levis

With quarterback Will Levis nursing a left ankle injury, Ryan Tannehill is expected to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, per an ESPN report Saturday.

Levis, 24, who was injured last Sunday on a sack by the Houston Texans’ Desmond King, was limited in practice Friday after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday. The rookie is listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that Tannehill would start if Levis couldn’t play.

Tannehill, 35, was 2-4 as Tennessee’s starter before an ankle injury in Week 6 sidelined him. Levis was 3-5 after taking over in Week 8, throwing four touchdowns in his debut against the Atlanta Falcons.

Levis has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tannehill, who is in the final season for a four-year, $118 million deal, has completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,128 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

“I just want to go out if I have the opportunity and play well to get a win,” Tannehill said. “You have to find some reason to go out there and bring passion and bring energy. Right now, I play for my teammates, my family and myself.”

In other injury news Saturday, the Titans placed two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons on injured reserve. Simmons has been out since injuring his right knee in a Week 12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Simmons, 26, was the 19th overall pick in the 2019 draft and finished this season with 5.5 sacks, 44 tackles, 11 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss. He signed a four-year, $94 million contract extension in April.

In 68 games (66 starts) over five seasons with the Titans, Simmons has 26.5 sacks, 233 tackles, 57 quarterback hits and 38 tackles for loss.

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Dec 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) is injured after being sacked by Houston Texans cornerback Desmond King II (25) defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) in overtime at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans QB Will Levis (ankle) to have MRI

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis will have an MRI on his sprained ankle on Monday, NFL Network reported.

The 2023 second-round pick was injured with 1:49 left in overtime in Sunday’s 19-16 loss to Houston. His body bent backward on a twisting tackle by safety Desmond King on the Texans’ seventh sack of the game.

Levis appeared to be in serious pain as medical staff rushed to evaluate him. He was helped off the field and taken to the medical tent, but later was seen jogging on the sideline.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Levis said after the loss, which dropped the Titans to 5-9. “It was definitely scarier in the moment than it was, but we will see what the trainers say. But (I) feel all right.”

Levis, 24, made his eighth start of the season and completed 17 of 26 passes for 199 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 25 yards and a score.

Levis has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards with eight TDs and four picks this season. He has been sacked 27 times.

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Nov 19, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls the play against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence stars as Jaguars pummel Titans

Trevor Lawrence went 24-of-32 passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns to go with two rushing scores to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 34-14 home win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns for Jacksonville (7-3), which evened its home record at 3 and has won six of its past seven games.

Will Levis went 13-of-17 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns in defeat for the Titans (3-7), who have lost three straight and all six of their road games.

The Jaguars opened the scoring with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter, grabbing a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ridley.

Jacksonville took a 10-0 lead with 2:43 left in the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, and then a 13-0 lead with 14 seconds to go until halftime on a 25-yard field goal by McManus.

On the first drive of the second half, the Jaguars went 73 yards in nine plays, taking a 20-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Lawrence.

Jacksonville struck again on its next possession, going 80 yards in six plays and taking a 27-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ridley.

Tennessee finally got on the board on the last play of the third quarter, cutting the Jacksonville lead to 27-7 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Levis to DeAndre Hopkins.

After Jacksonville recovered a fumbled punt at the Tennessee 36-yard line, the Jaguars put the game away on a 5-yard touchdown run by Lawrence with 7:28 left that gave Jacksonville a 34-7 lead.

Tennessee cut the Jaguars lead to 34-14 with 4:28 remaining on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Levis to Jeffery Simmons, which finished off a 75-yard drive in five plays.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks exits the field after losing to the Cleveland Browns 27-3 in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Titans WR Treylon Burks in concussion protocol

Tennessee Titans receiver Treylon Burks is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after briefly losing consciousness after a fall in Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel updated Burks’ condition on Friday, saying he had been in communication via text and was expected to be at the team facilities in the afternoon.

“From what it looked like I would say that it’s probably going to be as good of a prognosis as what it could’ve been just looking at the visual of all that,” Vrabel said. “We understand what the risks are involved when Treylon sold out to make a play. I’m hopeful, we’re all hopeful that we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

Burks was carted off the field with 2:06 left in the 20-16 loss to the Steelers.

He was injured while trying to make a catch deep down the left sideline. He landed out of bounds and rolled awkwardly, with the trainers quickly responding to him.

“There was a brief loss of consciousness,” Vrabel said. “That’s why they reacted in the manner in which they did. It sounds like everybody did exactly what they were supposed to do based on the protocol and making sure that Treylon’s well-being was looked after as quickly and correctly as possible.”

Burks, 23, raised a thumb as he was being carted off the field and later walked to the team bus with assistance.

He caught two passes for 23 yards and rushed once for 5 yards in the game. The 2022 first-round draft pick has eight catches for 122 yards and no touchdowns in five games this season.

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