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NFL Insider Explains Why Titans Fired GM Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson

The Tennessee Titans shocked the NFL world this morning when reports surfaced of the team firing general manager Jon Robinson. 

Robinson, whose Titans sit atop the AFC South through 13 weeks in 2022, signed a massive contract extension with the team last season, adding to the surprise of today's move. 

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero took to twitter in the aftermath of the dismissal and tried to make sense of the Titans' unusual decision. 

Per Pelissero, major disagreements over the direction of Tennessee's roster led to Robinson's firing - so much so that the team was willing to eat several years of his contract to let him walk. 

"My understanding is #Titans brass wasn't happy with the direction of the roster assembled by Jon Robinson and decided to make a change, despite leading the AFC South. He was under contract through the 2027 draft, and walks away with another four years' pay," Pelissero tweeted Tuesday. 

Robinson was hired in 2016 to be Tennessee's general manager after spending three years as Tampa Bay's director of player personnel. 

Despite being praised for the acquisition of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and for drafting superstar running back Derrick Henry, opinions on Robinson soured last season following failed contract negotiations that led to the trade of wideout A.J. Brown. 

Robinson sent the budding star to the Philadelphia Eagles - the same team that just trounced Tennessee 35-10 in Week 13. 

Robinson's mismanagement of the A.J. Brown situation wasn't the only issue Titans' fans had with their now former general manager, however. 

Questionable free agent signings - such as Julio Jones - and several poor first-round draft picks - like Corey Davis, Caleb Farley and Isaiah Wilson -caused fans of the Tennessee franchise to doubt Robinson's ability as a high-level general manager.  

Tennessee, 7-5, will look to snap their current two-game losing streak this Sunday when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars.