According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Tennessee Titans are signing free agent defensive end Cameron Wake. Wake and his agent agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.
The Titans are taking a risk on Wake, who turned 37 at the end of January. Over the course of 10 seasons in the NFL, the former Dolphin recorded 98 sacks, including five separate seasons with at least 10 sacks. The high watermark for Wake was a 15-sack season in 2012, a season that saw him named it to the All-Pro team.
Throughout his days in Miami, Wake rarely missed time, playing in a minimum of 14 games in nine of his 10 seasons in Florida. Wake has also shown the ability to force fumbles, forcing 22 in his career.
Wake joins a stellar defensive unit in Nashville, as the Titans finished third in points allowed an eighth in yards allowed. Wake should immediately help the pass rush as the Titans aim to capture the AFC South title for the first time since 2008. With Nick Foles joining the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson gracing the division, the Titans decided to bolster their pass rush in the wake of Brian Orakpo retiring. Over the course of the 2018 season, only a pair of Titans, Jurrell Casey and Jayon Brown, recorded more than five sacks.
The Titans were tied for 16th in the number of sacks, recording 39 during the 2018 campaign. With the addition of Wake to the pass rush, expect the Titans to break the 40-sack barrier and contend as one of the top 10 units in the NFL at getting to the quarterback. With an improved pass rush, the Titans will look to return to the playoffs in 2019.