The Titans Won’t Get a Compensatory Pick in the 2014 Draft

Some time last year I looked at the compensatory pick issue and thought the Titans might get a good one for Jared Cook. Unfortunately, the numbers tell otherwise and the Titans will likely not be getting a compensatory pick in the 2014 draft. The compensatory picks formula is as well guarded as the nuclear codes, but it is generally understood they are doled out on a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

In order to qualify for a compensatory pick, a team must have lost more valuable free agents than they signed. The league determines this based on the concept of net gains versus net losses but it is generally agreed that a team must lose more free valuable free agents than they gained. The Titans only lost 4 players who played in 2013 at their respective positions, and gained 10 free agents that played significantly for them. Therefore, it seems very unlikely the Titans will receive a compensatory pick.

So without further ado, here are the list of free agents the Titans lost as well as the ones they signed by numbers and playing time.

Free Agents Lost

TE Jared Cook – Acquired by the St. Louis Rams

Signed a 5 year $35.11 million dollar contract with $19 million guaranteed. He played all 16 games for the Rams and earned 71.2% of the playing time on offense. He finished the year with 51 receptions for 671 yards and 5 touchdowns.

DT Sen’Derrick Marks – Acquired by the Jacksonville Jaguars

Marks signed a one year $1.5 million dollar prove it contract and prove it he did. He played in all 16 games and earned 83.1% of the playing time on defense. He finished with 34 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 4 sacks, and 8 passes defensed. On December 27, 2013 he signed a 5 year $23.5 million dollar contract that includes $8 million guaranteed.

DL Leger Douzable – Acquired by the New York Jets

Douz signed a one year vet minimum contract with the New York Jets. He earned 21.4% of the playing time and played in 9 games. He finished the year with 19 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

LB Will Witherspoon – Acquired by the St. Louis Rams

Witherspoon signed a one year 914,000 contract with the Rams but ended up only playing 6 games and 137 snaps for the Rams. He finished with 13 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defensed.

OG Leroy Harris – Acquired by the Detroit Lions

Harris was signed by the Detroit Lions to a 2 year $3 million dollar contract. He did play in one game but only on special teams.

LB Zach Diles

Diles was re-signed by the Titans when Colin McCarthy got hurt (again). He only played 2 games on special teams for Titans and did not play elsewhere.

DB Ryan Mouton                      DNP

Mouton signed with the Washington Redskins but was placed on injured reserve with hamstring problems just prior to the 2013 season. He signed a futures contract with Washington on December 31, 2013.

LB Gerald McRath                    DNP

SS Jordan Babineaux                DNP

Babineaux doesn’t appear to have offically retired but is involved in many things. He regularly appears on NFL AM.

OG Kyle Devan                          DNP

Devan retired following the 2012 season and is currently a graduate assistant and tight ends coach for Oregon State.

OG Deuce Lutui                         DNP

Lutui was suspended by the NFL for 4 games for violating the substance abuse policy following the 2012 season. He remains unsigned.

LB Xavier Adibi, LB                   DNP

DE Dave Ball, DE                        DNP

RB Javon Ringer                         DNP

Free Agents Gained

SS/FS Bernard Pollard

Pollard signed a 1 year $2 million dollar contract with the Titans. He played all 16 games and earned 98.9% of the playing time. He finished with 99 tackles, half a sack, 10 passes defensed and 3 interceptions.

SS/FS George Wilson

Wilson signed a 2 year $4 million dollar contract with the Titans. He played in all 16 games and earned 38.6% of the playing time. He finished the year with 40 tackles, 5 passes defensed and 1 interception.

DT Sammie Lee Hill

Hill signed a 3 year $11.4 million dollar contract with 4 million dollars guaranteed. He was active 13 games. He finished the year with 25 tackles and 5 passes defensed.

DT Mookie Johnson

Johnson signed a 1 year $800,000 dollar contract with the Titans. He was active all 16 games earning 35.4% of the playing time. He finished with 22 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 pass defensed.

DE Ropati Pitoitua

Pitoitua signed a 1 year $1 million dollar contract with the Titans. He was active all 16 games and earned 53.7% of the playing time. He finished with 44 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 passes defensed.

LB Moise Fokou

Fokou signed a 2 year $2.8 million dollar contract with the Titans. He was active 12 games earning 90% of the playing time in those games. He finished with 78 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick signed a 2 year $6.5 million dollar contract with the Titans. He played in 11 games and started 9 of them earning 91.1 of the playing time in those games. He finished with 217 of 350 for 2454 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He rushed for 43 times for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns.

RB Shonn Greene

Greene signed a 3 year $10 million dollar contract with the Titans. He was active for 11 games and earned 20.4% of the playing time in those games. He finished with 77 carries for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had 6 receptions for 39 yards.

RB Jackie Battle

Battle signed a one year veteran minimum contract with the Titans. He was active for 16 games earning 16.4% of the playing time. He finished with 36 carries for 142 yards and a touchdown. He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards.

TE Delanie Walker

Walker signed a 4 year $17.5 million dollar contract with the Titans. He was active 15 games earning 74.5% of the playing time in those games. He finished with 60 catches for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns.

OG Andy Levitre

Levitre signed a 6 year $46.8 million dollar contract with $13 million guaranteed. He played in all 16 games earning 99.4% of the playing time. While he struggled at times, he received an overall positive grade from Pro Football Focus.

OG Chris Spencer

Spencer signed a 1 year $905,000 million dollar contract with the Titans. He played in 3 games earning 61.2% of the snaps in those games.

KR/PR Leon Washington

Washington wasn’t signed until Week 13 but I include him anyway since he played significantly on special teams. He signed a 1 year $840,000 dollar deal. He played in the remaining 5 games with 17 returns for 500 yards. He had 6 punt returns for 78 yards.

Notes:

I did not include Quinn Johnson or Kevin Matthews for obvious reasons and Kevin Walter never made it to the active roster. Rob Turner only played 6 games and was placed on IR. Rusty Smith and Khalid Wooten were obviously original draft selections on the practice squad before they were signed to the 53 man roster. QB Tyler Wilson was signed on December 16, 2013.

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