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Titans won’t exercise fifth-year option on LB Rashaan Evans, but are hopeful to sign him to an extension

Rashaan Evans (No. 54) celebrates a defense stop in 2019 season for Titans versus L.A. Chargers
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He will not have a fifth-year option picked up, but the Tennessee Titans have plans for Rashaan Evans.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Titans want to sign the linebacker to a contract extension before his rookie deal expires in 2022. Per Schefter, the franchise is encountering ‘an ongoing salary-cap uncertainty.’

If his option was picked up, Evans would have collected $9.73 million for 2022 via Spotrac.

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Evans, an alumnus of the University of Alabama, was taken in the first round (No. 22 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He is responsible for 260 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and six pass breakups in 47 games. Evans was third on the team for total tackles (96) in 2020 and totaled two stops for loss, five breakups, and one fumble recovery.

He assisted the Titans to an 11-5 record and its first AFC South Division title since 2008. Before turning pro, the Auburn (Ala.) native won two College Football Playoff National Championships (2015, 2017) at Alabama. Hopefully, the Titans will soon have a deal ready for Evans.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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