The Titans agreed to terms on a five-year, $87.5 million deal with $52 million guaranteed with Landry, a source confirmed to The Tennessean on Tuesday night. Landry had been scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent March 16, when his rookie contract expires.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity, as the contract is not yet official.
The big-money contract comes just hours after Tennessee did not use the franchise or transition tag on Landry. The former second-round pick cashes in without hitting free agency and the Titans keep together their dominant front four, which also features star defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, outside linebacker Bud Dupree and defensive lineman Denico Autry. Tennessee had 43 sacks in the regular season and added another nine in the AFC divisional-round loss to the Bengals, a single-game playoff record.
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Landry, 25, led the Titans with a career-high 12 sacks last season and was one of four players in 2021 – Aaron Donald (Rams), Cameron Heyward (Steelers) and Micah Parsons (Cowboys) were the others – to have at least 10 sacks and 75 tackles.
Landry, Tennessee’s sack leader for three consecutive years, played in the 2022 Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.
The 41st pick out of Boston College in 2018, Landry has 31 sacks, 41 tackles for loss and 66 quarterback hits in four NFL seasons. His 31 sacks are the second-highest total by a Titans/Oilers player in his his first four NFL seasons since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
Landry’s new contract will pay him an average of $17.5 million per year, $1 million more than Dupree, who the Titans inked to a five-year, $82.5 million contract last offseason.
The 2022 cap number of Landry’s new contract was not immediately clear but it should be significantly less than it would’ve been had he been tagged. The Titans are currently $7.8 million over the 2022 salary cap. Tennessee’s ability to retain Landry had been unclear because of its financial situation and roster needs, particularly on offense.