Report: Tennessee Titans lose tight end Jonnu Smith to Patriots with a 4-year, $50 million deal

Adam Sparks
Nashville Tennessean
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Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith has reached an agreement with the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday. 

Smith will sign a four-year, $50 million deal that includes $31.25 million guaranteed. That's the price the Titans were unwilling to spend as they try to make moves elsewhere to improve a struggling defense.

The agreement comes on the first day of the legal tampering period in anticipation of the opening of free agency on Wednesday.

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Smith, a 2017 third-round pick out of Florida International, steadily grew into an athletic receiving tight end in the Titans’ passing game. In 2020, he set career highs with 41 receptions, 448 receiving yards and eight TDs.

Smith's departure could indicate that wide receiver Corey Davis will be the next unrestricted free agent to exit the Titans franchise after a strong 2020 season.

The Titans, like most teams, are challenged by the salary cap, which dropped from $198.2 million in 2020 to $182.5 million in 2021. They made moves over the past three weeks to clear cap space and bid on pass rushers, wide receivers, defensive backs and others.

The Titans released cornerback Malcolm Butler and safety Kenny Vaccaro, waived wide receiver Adam Humphries and traded offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson.

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