Titans In Talks For Long-Term Extension With Star Defensive Tackle

The Tennessee Titans have reportedly held discussions with star defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons about a long-term deal.

Simmons was selected by the Titans in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft and has already surpassed expectations, becoming a Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons.

Simmons is set to play the 2023 season on his fifth-year option of $10.753 million, but he has outperformed that contract with his outstanding performances.

Last year, he recorded 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, seven passes defended, and a forced fumble, earning an impressive overall player grade of 81.1 from Pro Football Focus.

At just 25 years old, Simmons has plenty of potential to remain productive for years to come and could become a franchise cornerstone for the Titans if they agree to a new deal.

Keeping him on a long-term contract would provide roster stability and give the team a star player to build around, even as there may be some uncertainty with quarterback Ryan Tannehill entering the final year of his contract, rookie quarterback Malik Willis not yet being established as a long-term option, and running back Derrick Henry having already accumulated significant mileage.

All in all, securing Jeffery Simmons would be a significant move for the Titans and solidify their defense for years to come.

He was the Titans' first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. Photo Credit: Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean-USA TODAY Sports