2016 Titans 1st round pick Jack Conklin will play the 2019 season under the last year of his contract.
The Titans are not picking up the right tackle’s 5th-year option. Titans GM Jon Robinson had until May 2nd to make the decision. He was the last top 10 pick to be decided.
Conklin’s 5th-year option would have a carried a lofty $12.86-million price tag because he was a top 10 pick. Had he been selected outside of the top 10 he would have only cost $10.35-million.
So by declining the option the Titans are not saying they do not want him back, they are saying they do not want him back at that price.
Tennessee could also still place the franchise tag on Conklin after the season and it would cost them roughly the same amount, the average price of the top 10 players on the offensive line across the league.
Conklin earned All-Pro honors as a rookie after going 8th overall in 2016 but has seen his play slump some the last two seasons.
His 2017 season ended in round two of the playoffs with a torn ACL. Conklin missed the first 3 games of 2018 as he recovered from that injury. He then missed the final 4 games of 2018 after breaking his kneecap.