The Tennessee Titans have made its decision regarding Adoree Jackson and Corey Davis’ fifth-year option, and one was declined.
I think it’s clear why the Titans made the decision to exercise Jackson’s fifth-year option and decline Davis’ and it all comes down to recent production.
Davis is injury prone, and it hasn’t gotten to the point where he’s out for half a season, but his occasional injuries aren’t helping him. He was a top-five pick, and after two seasons in the NFL, we haven’t quite seen the player we were expecting.
As a top-five pick, many thought he would be the Titans’ No. 1 receiver for years to come, but just one year later, rookie receiver A.J. Brown took that from him. Brown had 1,051 receiving yards as a rookie, and we have yet to see Davis hit the 1,000-yard mark in the NFL.
This doesn’t mean that the Titans are done with Davis, but this lets him know that he hasn’t been good enough to get the extra year of job security under his rookie contract.
I don’t blame the Titans for making this decision because I wouldn’t want to pay my No. 2 receiver top-five draft pick money any longer than I had to. I also don’t think that Davis will quickly leave the Titans after his contract ends. He’s still a productive receiver, just not the top receiver some had hoped he would be.
For Jackson, he’s come into his form as an underrated threat in the secondary. He was rated as the No. 15 corner in the NFL last season by Pro Football Focus.
He came into the NFL as an ideal corner for many NFL teams, and the Titans pulled the trigger on him in the first round, and it’s so far paying off.
He has amazing speed and coverage abilities that only a few corners in the NFL possess. If I had to pick between Jackson and Davis, I’d pick Jackson too.
The Titans made the right decision here. I wouldn’t be surprised if both of these players remain in Titans uniforms when their contracts expire, but there’s no doubt that the Titans should prioritize Jackson over Davis, although I hope Davis has a breakout year in 2020.