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Harold Landry sees Front 4 as a group to lead the Titans to the Super Bowl


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Outside linebacker Harold Landry loves playing for the Tennessee Titans and wanted to do whatever he needed to to keep it going.

Now that he has a five-year contract worth $87.5 million as a key part of Tennessee’s pass rush, Landry has turned his attention to the main reason he wanted to stay with the Titans. .

In pursuit of the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.

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“We’re really confident that we have the team to win a Super Bowl,” Landry said Thursday. “I think our front four can lead the charge. But…deep down, that’s another main reason why I came back here is because the culture here is a winning culture, it’s a proven winning culture. And that was really important to me because we know we have the team to do it.”

Tennessee has reached the playoffs each of the last three seasons under coach Mike Vrabel and four of the last five. The Titans’ six-game winning streak is second in the NFL behind Kansas City with nine.

The Titans earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC with Landry posting a career-high 12 sacks and playing in his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for injury. They lost in the playoffs to Cincinnati, but Landry joined tackle Jeffery Simmons and lineman Denico Autry on the only NFL team with three players with at least eight sacks each.

FILE – Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry III plays against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of an NFL football game on January 2, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans announced Tuesday night (March 8) that they had agreed to terms on an extension for Pro Bowl linebacker Landry hours after declining to use the franchise tag. Terms have not been announced.
(AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Tennessee finished with 43 sacks, more than double the 19 in 2020 when the Titans faced repeated questions about why they couldn’t get better pressure quarterbacks. Linebacker Bud Dupree, the top free agent signed last March, had three sacks as he spent the season recovering from a torn right ACL.

Landry sees himself with Autry, Simmons and Dupree as sharing the same mindset, always wanting to improve and be the best on the court.

“I just think that’s a characteristic that you have to like leading the charge to have that impact on the team to go out and win a Super Bowl,” Landry said.

A second-round pick from Boston College ranked 41st overall in 2018, Landry has the sixth-longest streak among NFL defensive players with 52 consecutive games started. He has appeared in 64 consecutive games since his first game, leading the Titans in sacks three straight seasons, with a team-high 31 sacks in his first four seasons.

The Titans agreed to terms with Landry on a new deal while remaining about $10 million above the salary cap. On Thursday, they agreed to a one-year contract with Morgan Cox.

Tennessee also began clearing some much-needed cap space on Thursday by giving up left guard Rodger Saffold, reserve offensive lineman Kendall Lamm and running back Darrynton Evans. Saffold’s exit saved about $10.5 million in ceiling space, while Lamm’s exit saved $3.2 million, according to Spotrac.com.

A 12-year-old veteran, Saffold will turn 34 in June after playing three of the four years of his contract with Tennessee after signing as a free agent. He has started 46 games in that span, including 15 in 2021. Lamm started one of 12 games he played last season.

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The Titans drafted Evans in the third round in 2020 to replace Derrick Henry. But injuries limited Evans to six games combined over two seasons. He rushed 16 times for 61 yards and caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Evans’ release leaves Tennessee with only one player from the first three rounds of the 2020 draft still on the roster, cornerback Kristian Fulton, a second-round pick that year out of LSU.


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