By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN — Training camp is still a month away and the various organized team activities (OTAs) are underway.
While the Titans did take care of one big bit of off-season business when they signed star defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons to a new multi-year extension, plenty of other questions remain unanswered.
Titans management was noncommittal publicly about the possibility of signing free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins has been in town recently for a visit, and it is generally agreed he would represent a huge upgrade on what’s now available in regards to receivers.
The hope is that in year number two Treylon Burks can stay healthy and become a consistent deep threat as well as a standout number one receiver. Having someone with Hopkins’ experience could prove invaluable.
The second question concerns continuing rumors about trade possibilities involving Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry.
To date, no one in Titans management has either suggested or even addressed either rumor. A vast number of NFL types claimed QB draftee Will Levis needed a year of development, but that hasn’t been mentioned as yet either.Seeing some other moves that teams have been making, it would seem logical that any type of blockbuster Titans deal would either have already been made, or is coming very soon.
The other looming question is one that could get messy. Titans free safety Kevin Byard to date has not taken the pay cut requested by team management.
Byard worked out on his own, and has only attended the mandatory workouts, as is his contractual right.
He has been and remains pillar of the defense and a team leader.
Hopefully Ran Carthon won’t repeat the mistake of his predecessor and settle a tense situation the wrong way with an ill-advised trade.
So as camp time approaches, fans await answers to these questions and/or a resolution to the issues they present.