Report: Titans re-signing linebacker Jayon Brown

In a bit of unexpected good news, the Titans are reportedly re-signing linebacker Jayon Brown to a one-year deal worth $5.25-million according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

After reports that he — along with the majority of the Titans pending free agents — would be moving on to new teams this offseason, Brown reversed course and signed a very team-friendly deal that is roughly half of what most projections expected him to garner per year on the open market.

Brown is one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL, ranking 5th in pass breakups among inside linebackers over the past three seasons with 22. He was tied for 3rd in that category in 2020 despite missing the final six games of the season with a broken elbow. Brown also ties for 13th among linebackers with three interceptions during that time frame.

With the Titans secondary in the midst of a total overhaul as Jon Robinson looks to fix a pass defense that ranked among the bottom five in the league last year, keeping Brown at a discount rate feels like a big win. His ability to matchup with tight ends and linebackers in coverage is useful, especially for a team that loves to play man.

Brown’s limitations are largely related to his size at 6-0 and 226 pounds, but that is an issue that is becoming less and less of a problem as the league continues to drift towards wide open passing attacks and away from bruising running games. All of the Titans inside linebackers struggled with run fits at times last season.

At his best, Brown is a big time playmaker. He’s a good blitzer, outstanding in coverage, and good enough in the run game that he’s not a liability. It looks like he’s betting on a return to health in 2021 before making another run at the free agent market next offseason.

How the rotation shakes out between Brown, Rashaan Evans, and David Long will be interesting. Long has played well in limited opportunities in his first two years in the league and could be ready for a bigger role, but does that come at the expense of Brown or Evans? That will be a storyline to watch as training camp gets rolling this summer, but for now it’s nice to see the 2017 5th round pick back in the fold for another season.

Author: Mike HerndonAfter over 20 years of annoying his family and friends with constant commentary about the Titans, Mike started writing down his thoughts in 2017 for Music City Miracles. He loves to dive into the All-22 tape and highlight the nuanced details that win and lose football games. You can now find his tape breakdowns and Anthony Firkser love letters at Broadway Sports. Mike also spends time laughing at Lebowski and yelling at Zach on the Football and Other F Words Podcast.


  1. Such a huge re-signing for us at that amount. Hopefully the Bud and Jenkins 2021 cap hits are low enough for us to still sign make some moves at CB and WR since there seems to be a lot of bang for your buck at those positions

  2. Really glad to have Jayon back. He was not the problem on defense last year, and has consistently outperformed expectations people had for him when he was drafted. He deserves a nice fat contract, but the cap hit ruined things for everybody. Maybe we can do it next year.

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