Kevin Byard has transformed himself from a mere 3rd round draft pick to one of the league’s best defensive players. He’s transformed into arguably the best player of the Tennessee Titans’ defense. He can range across the field as a “centerfielder”, taking away the middle of the field for many. Or can step into the box and do the dirty work, putting his hat in the crowd and making plays as a run defender.
He can even step in and take on some man coverage duties, even though that isn’t one of his better strengths, he can still do it at a serviceable to above average level.
That type of play will get you paid big bucks. Regardless of his position at safety, which has seen a massive drop in value in recent years of the free agent market.
But with training camp quickly approaching for the Titans, Byard is left without a well-deserved contract extension.
So what’s the big idea on the hold-up?
We sure have no idea, but it would be in the best interest of the Titans to go ahead and get Byard’s name on the books for 2020 and beyond.
The Titans lack an overwhelming number of playmakers on defense, of course except for Byard himself and truly underrated Jurrell Casey. Byard also serves as the best defensive back in the Titans’ secondary. As Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler have shown some consistent stretches of good play, but haven’t put it all together just yet.
While I’m sure Byard’s agent and the Titans have been discussing a deal for the All-Pro safety (in fact they have been), there shouldn’t be any type of hesitation from the Titans’ side of things.
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