Titans at crossroads with Kevin Byard after approaching safety about pay cut, per report


The Tennessee Titans remain in the middle of an offseason of modification, as brand-new basic supervisor Ran Carthon has actually currently parted methods with a number of noteworthy names such as left take on Taylor Lewan and pass-rusher Bud Dupree. Tennessee is refrained from doing making relocations, nevertheless, and now, all eyes have actually relied on star security Kevin Byard.

According to ESPN, the Titans approached Byard about a pay cut, however Tennessee’s leader on defense does not think his play warrants him taking less cash. The Middle Tennessee State item has actually wished to eventually retire a Titan, however ESPN reports the 2 sides are at a crossroads. Turron Davenport reports that Byard has actually not requested his release.

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Byard taped 108 integrated takes on, 6 passes defensed and 4 interceptions in 17 video games played last season. With a defense that has actually suffered injuries at every position over the previous couple seasons, Byard has actually never ever missed out on a video game in his NFL profession. He was called a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2017 and 2021, and led the NFL in interceptions with 8 in his 2nd season back in 2017.

Originally a third-round choose of MTSU in 2016, Byard rapidly became a leader for the Titans. Back in 2019, he tattooed a five-year, $70.5 million offer that consisted of $31 million in assurances. At the time, it made him the highest-paid security in the NFL. Now, his $14.1 million AAV ranks No. 9 amongst securities, per Over The Cap.

Tennessee presently has $15.47 million in cap area, per Over The Cap. According to Spotrac, Byard brings a $19.62 million cap hit in 2023. That ranks 2nd on the group behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who brings a massive $36.60 million cap struck this season.

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