NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans opened their mandatory minicamp Tuesday with no drama and new left guard Rodger Saffold the lone absence, and he was excused for personal reasons.
Not bad considering at least 15 Titans are going into the final year on their contracts, including eight starters.
Marcus Mariota already has made it clear he's ready to "let it ride" this season. Safety Kevin Byard, an All-Pro in 2017, is leaving contract talks to his agent. Other starters in the final year of their contracts include running back Derrick Henry, cornerback Logan Ryan, center Ben Jones, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, right tackle Jack Conklin and nose tackle Austin Johnson.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel says he only reminds players that this is professional football.
"Everybody has got a contract, we all have one," Vrabel said. "Some guys have years remaining, some guys are going to expire after the end of this year. We understand that. But, we all have a job to do. I was in that position plenty of times as a player, and the only thing I would tell you as my position was as a coach is, you try to do the best job at the job that you have before you start worrying about the next one."
Mariota has to prove that he can be healthier after missing three starts last season. Injuries didn't stop Philadelphia from signing Carson Wentz to a four-year extension worth $128 million last week. Mariota said Tuesday that he can't control those things.
"I just got to focus on what I can do to help this team out on the field," Mariota said. "Those things off of it, it's a business, and we'll see what happens."
The Titans have signed players to extensions at the