The Tennessee Titans finally ended their search for a General Manager today, agreeing to terms with Jon Robinson, who was most recently the Director of Player Personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 15, 2016
Prior to his two-year tenure in Tampa Bay, the only previous NFL team that Robinson had worked for was the New England Patriots, working his way up from area scout to Director of College Scouting from 2002 to 2013. Robinson is replacing Ruston Webster, who had held the position since 2012, during which the Titans produced four consecutive losing seasons.
Robinson immediately faces a pair of huge, franchise-defining positions in this new role: the Titans are currently the only team in the NFL without a head coach, and they also own the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Fortunately for the franchise, Robinson does inherit a relatively clean cap sheet, which is in good shape for 2016 in part due to limited dead money (just $4.5 million) and in part due to the relatively small cap hit from an extremely talented quarterback in 2015 draftee Marcus Mariota (due $5.5 million for 2016).
The Titans have not been to the playoffs since 2008, when they lost their first game with Kerry Collins as their quarterback and Jeff Fischer as their head coach.