Tennessee Titans, RB Darrynton Evans reach rookie deal
The Tennessee Titans are making steady progress as training camp and the revised preseason quickly approach.
Quarterbacks, rookies, and players returning from injury reported back to St. Thomas Park near downtown Nashville on Thursday afternoon and with that, the Titans announced that they had inked third-round pick Darrynton Evans to his rookie contract.
The terms of the rookie deals are usually kept hush hush, but we can assume that Evans will be paid the average for a third-round pick and be signed to a four-year deal that gives the Titans the option to pick him up for a fifth year before resigning him.
He is the first playing taken in the first three rounds to agree to his rookie deal while OT Isaiah Wilson and DB Kristian Fulton remain unsigned. The three players drafted in the fifth and seventh rounds have also agreed to deals already.
"He is certainly good with the ball in his hands," GM Jon Robinson said of Evans. "He is a different style runner obviously than Derrick (Henry), but he is certainly good when you hand him the ball."
Evans was a bit of a surprise choice in the third round, but with Dion Lewis now gone, Derrick Henry is going to need some support behind him.
Evans should provide that help and is deadly catching the ball out of the backfield and could play in the slot if offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is looking to get creative.
Evans was incredibly consistent in college with Appalachian State and helped the Mountaineers tremendously.
Within the next week, we should get confirmation that the two first round picks who hail from the SEC have also agreed to their rookie deals.