Just about an hour after the legal tampering period opened, tight end Jonnu Smith was no longer a member of the Tennessee Titans.
Smith agreed to a deal with four-year, reported $50 million deal with the New England Patriots, according to ProFootballTalk.com. The deal cannot officially be announced until the new league year begins on Wednesday.
Smith's $50 million package is similar to the money the Titans gave running back Derrick Henry last off-season.
Smith had 41 catches for 448 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season with the Titans in 2020. He proved to be a valuable weapon for the Titans, particularly as a red zone threat.
With Smith gone, the Titans who have only around $17 million, could be poised to lose more players in free agency as Corey Davis, Jayon Brown and DaQuan Jones are set to all unrestricted free agents.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Titans have had conversations back and forth with Davis' representation, but with the Titans very tight in cap space, it could be difficult for Tennessee to keep him.
With Smith gone, the Titans appear to have interest in retaining MyCole Pruitt, who has been used primarily as a blocking tight end, but could see an expanded role depending upon what the Titans can do at the position in free agency and in the draft.
Anthony Firkser, who had 39 receptions last season primarily as a third-down option, is a restricted free agent and the Titans have had talks, which could produce an extension. Barring that, the Titans can make him a restricted tender off. Firkser, originally an undrafted player with the New York Jets in 2017, who made the Titans as a street free agent in 2018, would not fetch the Titans a draft pick in return if the Titans chose to tender him at a right of first refusal level.