Interest in Vaccaro began picking up, so the Titans decided to avoid potentially losing out on him by signing the veteran safety. He served as a reliable safety for the Saints during most of his five-year tenure there but is coming off a career-low 60-tackle season. Still, he should challenge for the starting job in Nashville with Johnathan Cyprien (knee) likely done for the season.
Vaccaro will visit with Tennessee on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Vacarro ended 2017 on IR due to a core muscle tear, but he claimed to be completely healthy entering free agency, making it a surprise the 27-year-old safety remain unsigned. He missed nine games due to injury the past two years, but still managed to record 60 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions in just 12 games last season. Jonathan Cyprien was a surefire starter for the Titans, but he's done for the season after tearing his ACL and the team will likely look to have Vacarro fill the void. Vacarro has reportedly turned down offers while waiting for the right opportunity to present itself, and a chance to start for the Titans could be what he's been looking for.
Vaccaro (groin) said Wednesday that he's been completely healthy for the past three weeks, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Even though Vaccaro, who will hit free agency March 14, has stated that he hopes to remain with New Orleans next season, the team isn't planning on re-signing the 2013 first-round pick, per Katzenstein. The fact that he's back to full strength after finishing 2017 on injured reserve due to a core-muscle injury -- which Vaccaro said involved a complete tear of his adductor muscle -- should help make the 27-year-old one of the more coveted defenders on the open market. Across five NFL campaigns, Vaccaro has racked up 375 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 30 pass breakups and eight interceptions while playing in 68 of a possible 80 regular-season games.
Vaccaro (groin) finished the season with 60 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks and a career-high three interceptions in just games. He also scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on an end-zone fumble recovery in Week 6.
Vaccaro was benched in the second half of the Saints' Week 2 game against the Patriots for poor play, but the fifth-year pro responded by notching three interceptions over the course of his next four games. Unfortunately, injuries once again derailed a promising season. Vaccaro missed both Weeks 10 and 11 with a groin injury. The strong safety attempted to play through the injury for four weeks thereafter, but largely struggled during that span before being placed on injured reserve and undergoing core-muscle surgery. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Vaccaro, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. The 2013 first-round pick has flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential but he has also battled health issues and inconsistency throughout his career. At only 26 years old, Vaccaro could draw some big interest on the open market and the Saints may not want to get into a bidding war after drafting safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell over the past two years. Wherever Vaccaro ends up, he will likely continue to be an IDP asset as long as health prevails.
Vaccaro underwent core-muscle surgery Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Vaccaro was able to tough out a groin injury for four games, but the pain evidently became too much to bear last week, when he was placed on injured reserve. Rapoport called the injury "severe" and similar to that of teammate and fellow IR resident A.J. Klein. With Vaccaro poised to become an unrestricted free agent in March, it'll be interesting to see if the Saints open the coffers for a player that's averaged 5.7 tackles per game while recording eight interceptions, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in five seasons as a professional.
|3||9/23/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||79||62.0||17||1||1||29||29.0||29||0||8|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||15||74||51.0||23||1||2||45||22.5||45||0||5|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||104||71.0||33||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||11||68||51.0||17||1||2||30||15.0||30||0||5|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||60||48.0||12||1.5||3||41||13.7||30||0||7|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||1||0||1||8||1||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||1|