The Tennessee Titans somehow traded Isaiah Wilson, ending a fiasco of a tenure | Estes

Gentry Estes
Nashville Tennessean
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He’s the Miami Dolphins’ problem now.

For the Tennessee Titans, that’s the only victory in trading their 2020 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson. And it’s a meager victory, no cause for celebration, just relief to be finished with this fiasco.

Swapping seventh-round picks in order to unload last year’s first-round pick.

Sounds bad when you say it like that.

Tennessee Titans tackle Isaiah Wilson (79) warms up during NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)

And make no mistake: This goes down as a gigantic “L” for the Titans. Wilson wasn’t just the biggest first-round bust in Titans history, he’s in the running for the biggest in NFL history. Bad players usually at least make it to the field enough to figure that out. Wilson barely got that far with the Titans.

But he’s gone now.

[ Done with the Tennessee Titans? Isaiah Wilson, who do you think you are? ]

It’s astonishing, frankly, that another team was willing to take a flier on Wilson and add him to the books while giving the Titans a break beyond their own salary cap hit.

For Wilson’s sake, you hope that whatever his problems — can’t say for sure what they are, but I’ve heard rumors — that he’ll be able to get it together and prove that he has some interest in being a pro football player. There won’t be another NFL opportunity waiting if he doesn’t.

I wouldn't bet on it. South Beach can be a fun place, more so than Nashville.

But, hey, that’s not the Titans’ concern. Not anymore.

They were right to cut their losses on a lost cause.

Because that’s what Wilson had clearly become in Tennessee. If that wasn’t obvious enough during his futile rookie season, it sure was when a deleted tweet from Wilson’s account recently insisted that he was done with the Titans. The offensive lineman, for some reason, felt the need to casually brush off the franchise that had unwisely invested so much in him and received nothing in return.

I’d have been tempted to release Wilson right then. Titans GM Jon Robinson, to his credit, didn’t do that. He was patient. He cut his losses while at least getting something in return. Whoever the Titans select this year with the Dolphins’ seventh-round pick will probably be more productive than Wilson was in 2020.

So there’s that. And only that.

No winners in all this, least of all the Titans. Theirs is an embarrassing failure, no question, but a tiny bit less of one tonight than it was this morning.

Good luck, Dolphins. You're probably going to need it.

Reach Gentry Estes at gestes@tennessean.com and on Twitter @Gentry_Estes. 

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