Sources: Titans, Byard at crossroads over pay minimize

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans approached Kevin Byard about taking a pay minimize, however the Pro Bowl security doesn’t consider his play warrants a lower in wage, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

Byard’s plan has at all times been to play for one group and in the end retire as a Titan, however the two sides are at a crossroads, in line with sources.

Byard signed a five-year extension price $70.5 million, with $31 million assured, in 2019. The two-time, first-team All-Pro has a $19.6 million cap quantity this yr. If the Titans had been to launch him, they might save round $6 million in cap area however retain $13.6 million in lifeless cap area.

Byard is coming off a 2022 season wherein he recorded 108 tackles and 4 interceptions. Titans gamers voted him a group captain for a fourth consecutive yr.

“I just finished my seventh year here in Tennessee,” Byard stated throughout locker clean-out day. “I would love to be able to retire as a Titan. This team, this city, the organization, the fans and the community means a lot to me and my family. I definitely really wouldn’t want to play any other place, any other city, any other organization other than the Titans.”