Firkser and the Titans agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports. The two sides have opted to avoid the restricted free agent process, instead locking Firkser in with the Titans for 2021. He can become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and he could be looking at a nice payday if Jonnu Smith's departure for New England leaves Firkser as the primary pass-catching tight end in Tennessee. The Titans' other veteran options at the position are blocking specialists MyCole Pruitt and Geoff Swaim, but the team still has plenty of time to add competition for Smith's vacated snaps and targets. Firkser has done well with limited receiving chances through three NFL seasons, catching 72 of 97 targets (74.2 percent) for 816 yards (11.3 YPR, 8.4 YPT) and three touchdowns in 43 games. There's some fourth-year breakout appeal for Firkser now that Smith and Corey Davis are out of the picture.
Firkser recorded two receptions on two targets for 18 yards in Week 17 against the Texans. Firkser was the only Titans receiver besides Corey Davis and A.J. Brown to record multiple receptions. However, the performance continued the trend of Firkser occupying only a small role in the offense, as he closed the season with five receptions in his final four games. Overall, Firkser managed his best season as a receiver, setting career-best marks in receptions, receiving yardage and targets. Firkser is set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason, but he will first look to help the team make a playoff run, beginning with a matchup against Baltimore in the wild-card round.
Firsker recorded one reception on two targets for 11 yards in Week 16 against the Packers. Firkser's role was extremely limited, as he logged a season-low eight snaps. The reemergence of Jonnu Smith and increased role for Geoff Swaim have pushed Firkser down the depth chart. He is unlikely to make much impact in a Week 17 matchup against the Texans.
Firkser recorded one catch on one target for 20 yards in Week 15 against the Lions. Firkser had a limited role in the offense, with Jonnu Smith clearly working ahead of him on the depth chart. While he has had flashes of production throughout the season, Firkser now has one or zero receptions in three of his last four games.
Firkser recorded a reception on his lone target for five yards in Week 14 against the Jaguars. After a one-game absence, Jonnu Smith returned to the field. Firkser's role decreased as a result, as he tallied only one target for the second time in his past three games. He won't have enough volume to be trustworthy in Week 15 against the Lions.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@New York Jets||32||11.25|
|7||10/24||Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|9||11/07||@Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
|10||11/14||New Orleans Saints||18||7.56|
|12||11/28||@New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|16||12/23||San Francisco 49ers||1||4.50|
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|3 Year Avg||32||24||272||1||16||11.33||33|