The Tennessee Titans announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed cornerback Tye Smith to a one-year deal.
Over the past few weeks, I have been advocating for the Tennessee Titans to re-sign one of their defensive backs to fill in the new hole in the secondary that has been made since he no longer is on the roster.
It seems that the Titans might have listened to part of that because they re-signed a defensive back, but not the one I was hoping for.
The Titans announced on Twitter that they are re-signing cornerback Tye Smith to a one year deal to keep him in Nashville for at least one more season.
Although Smith is a solid corner and can help with the depth in the secondary, he’s not the DB that the Titans should’ve signed. The Titans should have signed cornerback Logan Ryan.
In 2019, Smith played nine games for the Titans and totaled 26 combined tackles and two forced fumbles. If the Titans are wanting to replace Ryan with Smith, then 2019 was a good start for Smith, but he’s going to need to take the next step to become an elite defensive back this offseason.
I think Smith can offer some good things for the Titans, and I think this signing also means that Ryan will not be returning to Nashville in 2020. If that’s the case, I’ll be disappointed, but it had to happen for a reason, so I’ll get over it.
Now, instead of looking back, let’s look at the future and see what Smith brings to the table in 2020. He will bring much-needed depth to the cornerback position and on special teams.
You may remember he helped the Titans beat the Colts in Indianapolis last year after he returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
I expect his snaps and games played to be expanded in 2020 and to see an increase in on-field production along with it.
The Titans will also likely add depth in the NFL Draft that takes place this weekend as the Titans continue to prepare for the 2020 season.