Titans sign Kenny Vaccaro

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The Titans have moved quickly to address their need at safety.

Free agent safety Kenny Vaccaro has signed with Tennessee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The signing comes just days after the Titans lost starting safety Johnathan Cyprien to a torn ACL.

The Titans were lucky that Vaccaro, a quality starting safety, was still available. The safety market was soft in free agency this year, and Vaccaro decided to wait until a safety inevitably suffered an injury and a team was willing to meet his asking price. Now Vaccaro and the Titans have made a match.

Free agent safety and linebacker Jason Thompson has also signed with Tennessee, his agent announced on Twitter.

The Titans were also scheduled to bring in safety Eric Reid, but Rapoport reports that multiple flight cancellations came in the way of Reid getting to Tennessee. Other players the Titans have considered adding to their secondary include Lardarius Webb and Mike Mitchell.

27 responses to “Titans sign Kenny Vaccaro

  1. He’s a good player, better than Reid and he would have been on a team sooner if he wasn’t protesting last year…oh, wait.

  2. A quality safety? He has been one of the worst graded safeties in the league over the years. He’s pretty much a undersized 2 down lber. He’s physical but misses too many tackles and literally couldn’t cover a high school wr. This dude is trash.

  3. I tried to find more information about Eric Reid’s flight cancellations and all I could find was there were cancellations due to inclement weather. It didn’t get into any specifics. I did a search on flight cancellations and I only saw cancellations in the NYC and DC area. Eric Reid was born in Baton Rouge, LA and played college football at LSU. He recently played for the 49ers. It’s reasonable to presume he lives in one of those cities. If that’s the case why would flight cancellations in NYC and DC affect getting to Nashville? Something seems fishy. Maybe he cancelled the flights and decided he’d rather continue with the lawsuit than play again.

  4. Surely Reid can spare $15k to pay for a private jet to take him to Nashville for a visit with the Titans.
    He cannot blame this on the airlines because he had options.
    Vaccaro is a better safety anyway.
    Reid should focus his job search in markets that support his views, such as California, Seattle, NY/NJ, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New England.

  5. I dont like Eric Reid because I do not agree with what he’s doing kneeling and everything, but the league must really be blacklisting this guy because Reid is a FAR Better Safety than Vaccaro is. Vaccaro is not that good, while Reid when healthy is an excellent Strong Safety, can play $LB and at his best is a Pro-Bowl type player. Why you would sign Vaccaro over Reid is beyond me, unless you’re worried about backlash from a fan base in a red-state.

  6. I tried to find more information about Eric Reid’s flight cancellations and all I could find was there were cancellations due to inclement weather. It didn’t get into any specifics. I did a search on flight cancellations and I only saw cancellations in the NYC and DC area. Eric Reid was born in Baton Rouge, LA and played college football at LSU. He recently played for the 49ers. It’s reasonable to presume he lives in one of those cities. If that’s the case why would flight cancellations in NYC and DC affect getting to Nashville? Something seems fishy. Maybe he cancelled the flights and decided he’d rather continue with the lawsuit than play again.
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    This is spot on but the damage has already been done to that ambulance chaser Geragos and his band of misfits (Reid,Kaep). Tennessee announcing that they are bringing in Reid is a huge blow to the facade of collusion. The fact that he was even being brought in completely negates the premise that the NFL is keeping him unemployed. Guaranteed that Geragos cringed at the report that he was being brought in. He knew this was the kiss of death.
    That huge sound you hear? The collusion case crashing and exploding….

  7. But tbh, Vaccaro is more of a hammer & in the box safety than Reid, much more similar to Jonathan Cyprien, the player the Titans lost. So he makes much more football sense to them as a potential replacement.

  8. I agree that Reid is better than Vaccaro but Vacarro also kneeled during the anthem so it doesn’t make sense why a team would sign him but not Reid for political/PR reasons. Vaccaro is a box S/mini-LB but that’s basically the same role that Cyprien played so he does seem like a fit as a replacement.

  9. People get way too myopic on this Reid issue. There are other not-between-the-lines factors against Reid. He is injured often and he publicly discussed thoughts of retirement. Is that the guy you want to rely on when other similar players without feelings of walking away are available?

    Or you could pretend its all just a conspiracy that Lurie, Khan, Blank, Hunt, McCaskey, Pegula, Spanos, Benson, and yes also several old classic European descent white guys are taking part of.

    Trying to say that owners like Paul Allen are exactly like Jerrah and McNair in their beliefs and politics is a fairly idiotic assertion.

  10. skippyx says:
    August 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Trying to say that owners like Paul Allen are exactly like Jerrah and McNair in their beliefs and politics is a fairly idiotic assertion.

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    That basically says it all but if “common sense was common”…you all know the rest…

  11. moltensteelgumbo7 says:
    August 4, 2018 at 11:53 am
    I see they signed the non-kneeler…

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    Technically, that’s true. Vaccaro *sat* on the bench during the anthem, rather than kneeling respectfully as Reid did. But Reid did it earlier, with his hand on Kaep’s shoulder, and became one of the public faces.

    And as we all know, perception is more important than reality, esp in a redneck place like Nashville.

  12. Vaccaro was a first rounder? The Saints drafts seem to either be absolutely awesome or completely awful.

  13. ESPN says it’s because the airport colluded to keep Reid from flying in? You can’t make up these headlines anymore because the twisting and turning done on every story is just garbage reporting.

  14. The league should have an expansion team and fill it with all the poor guys being ‘blackballed’. Then after they go 0-16, the following year have them play Alabama, Washington, Clemson, and Oklahoma for their 4 games against a specific division. Then when they go 0-16 again….let them play in the Super Bowl because it’s unfair that they don’t get to play in a title game too.

  15. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    August 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    And as we all know, perception is more important than reality, esp in a redneck place like Nashville.

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    I’m willing to bet you’ve never even been to Tennessee, nevermind within the city of Nashville – what you call “perception” is really just another word for “ignorance”. You know nothing about the area, and yet you call them “rednecks”.

    You’re as intolerant and asinine as the people you pretend to protest against… …grow up.

  16. eagleslakers says:
    August 4, 2018 at 11:56 am
    I agree that Reid is better than Vaccaro but Vacarro also kneeled during the anthem so it doesn’t make sense why a team would sign him but not Reid for political/PR reasons.
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    Vacarro is not suing the league.

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