With the NFL’s salary cap shrinking from a record $198.2 million last year to around $180 million this upcoming season, teams around the league are doing all they can to shed salary with free agency only weeks away. In following that trend, the Titans released wide receiver Adam Humphries on Thursday, saving them over $4 million in the process.
Humphries, who the Titans signed as a free agent in 2019, lasted just two seasons in Tennessee. The 27-year-old never lived up to his ambitious four-year, $36-million contract, seeing scarce usage in Tennessee while also battling injuries including a concussion that cost him much of last season. He also spent time on the Titans’ COVID list.
You may remember the Patriots were enamored with Humphries during his free agency, battling the Titans tooth and nail for the 5’11” Clemson product. The Patriots reportedly offered a higher annual salary and better guarantees, though apparently Humphries preferred the Titans, believing he’d emerge as Tennessee’s primary slot receiver. Despite those high hopes, Humphries was largely an afterthought, averaging an anemic 31.7 yards per game with only four touchdowns over his two-year stint in the Music City.
Though his Titans tenure was a flop, Humphries is still a worthy talent capable of thriving in the right environment. With Julian Edelman facing a murky future in Foxboro, perhaps the Patriots could revisit Humphries now that he’s available. New England’s need at the position is well-documented following tepid contributions from Jakobi Meyers, impending free agent Damiere Byrd and underachieving first-rounder N’Keal Harry last season.
Humphries is unlikely to become a star, but he’s the type of blue collar, high IQ player Bill Belichick tends to gravitate toward. He’s also an ace special teamer with extensive experience as a punt returner, not that New England is hurting in that regard (Gunner Olszewski was an All-Pro selection this past season). Humphries’ career-highs of 76 catches, 816 yards and five touchdowns each occurred during his breakout 2018 with Tampa Bay. The six-year vet boasts career totals of 279 catches, 2,931 yards and 13 touchdowns across 79 NFL appearances.