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Bud Adams Opening His Wallet As Titans Are One Of Free Agency's Biggest Spenders

Adams directed the Titans front office to take an all-in approach this offseason
The Titans since NFL free agency began on Tuesday "have been one of the more aggressive teams in the league, signing five players to contracts" totaling $88.5M, according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. That figure jumps to $92.5M when factoring in the deal S George Wilson signed after being cut by the Bills last month. Titans Exec VP & GM Ruston Webster was cleared by Owner Bud Adams "to spend on players who would significantly improve the team." Paying a "little more, in some cases, would be OK." Adams said, "We want the right players, that’s the main thing. We have to get the players we know can perform and make us look like we’re a tough team to play against again." Wyatt reports the Titans "still want to sign more free agents," and they have $5M in salary cap room to do so. The "all-in approach was a big change for the Titans, who had a reputation for being slow movers in free agency." But an "aging owner and a 6-10 season sparked the new mind-set." Adams is "banking on getting back to the playoffs -- soon." He said, "I just had my 90th birthday and somebody asked me, 'Adams, how long are you going to stay at this thing?' I said 'I've made it to 90, so I might as well go to 100.' And I'd like to get in the playoffs and see some winning football over that stretch, too" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 3/15).
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