Titans Decline Corey Davis’ Option

The Titans will decline Corey Davis‘ fifth-year option, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter). The wide receiver is now on course for unrestricted free agency following the 2020 season.

Davis was the first of three wide receivers selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the No. 5 overall pick has yet to realize his potential at the pro level. He showed promise in 2018 with 65 catches, 891 yards, and four touchdowns (all career highs), but he regressed last year. In 2019, Davis finished out with just 43 grabs for 601 yards and two TDs. For his career, Davis has found pay dirt only six times.

The option would have paid Davis $15.68MM in 2021, far too much given his track record. Instead of guaranteeing his year for injury at an exorbitant rate, the Titans will let the year play out and take it from there.

Davis’ hip injury didn’t help matters, of course. While he was hampered, second-round rookie A.J. Brown stepped up as the team’s WR1, eclipsing 1,000 yards and scoring eight times.

Meanwhile, the Titans have exercised the fifth-year add-on for cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, the No. 18 overall pick in the ’17 class.

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12 comments on “Titans Decline Corey Davis’ Option

  1. KiahFJ

    I feel like the talent is there but he isn’t aggressive enough. When you watch really great WRs they want the ball, they go and get the ball. I just don’t see that from Davis.

    Great blocker, and great team guy. But it makes sense to decline the option at this point. Especially considering where he was drafted.

    I was really hoping he would emerge. Maybe this season with having an actual WR opposite side might help him, but who knows.

  2. dynamite drop in monty

    Face it. It’s impossible to be an intimidating force if your name is COREY.

    • crosseyedlemon

      It works well as a last name though and especially in those old westerns. You name an outlaw Black Jack Corey and he’s going to be feared.

  3. ruckus727

    The move is the right one, but I think it’s early to call him a total bust. This kid is really gifted athletically. He played at a small school against mostly inferior competition and he’s had some nagging injuries. I believe there’s still some untapped potential. I thought he was going to be a star. Is college tape is really fun to watch. I would really like to see him get fully healthy and end up in a more pass heavy offense with a big arm QB and good coaching. I could see Green Bay being a great spot in 2021. Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans also make some sense.

    • wagner13

      AJ Brown and Delanie Walker seemed to manage. He hasn’t been awful, but a top-5 pick should have more than six TDs in 3 seasons. Would you be willing to pay $15 million for mediocre WR2 production?

      • rgreen

        Won’t argue that he should’ve had the option picked up,but Mariota never really connected consistently with anyone other than Walker.And Brown took off after Tannehill took over.Davis definitely could be a nice buy low candidate for somebody next year.

        • wagner13

          I like his potential as well. I was just pointing out that he never really seemed to click with Tannehill. Maybe we’ll see some improvement with a full year of stability at the helm

  4. goldenmisfit

    How can anyone say he had a bad 2019 when the Titans were running the ball over 70% of the time

  5. afsooner02

    Like to see GB take a chance here since they didn’t bother taking any WRs in the draft.

  6. axisofhonor25

    Come home to Chicago buddy. We need receiver depth and could actually start opposite of Robinson

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