The Buffalo Bills appear poised to let a starting safety go in free agency for the second straight season.
According to a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Da'Norris Searcy will leave the Bills to sign with the Tennessee Titans.
Searcy, 26, started 13 games last season for the Bills, appearing in 15 overall. He's spent the first four years of his professional career in Buffalo after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
Searcy has had back-to-back strong seasons with the Bills, making 20 starts and racking up 136 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and 12 passes defensed in that time. The analytics website Pro Football Focus gave Searcy a positive grade of 8.6, 18th best in all of the NFL. He ranked particularly high in run defense among safeties, at 5.6, which ranked seventh.
In coverage, PFF had Searcy targeted 19 times, on which he allowed nine receptions for 89 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley indicated last month at the NFL Scouting Combine that re-signing Searcy would be difficult.
"Searcy is going to be a little challenging because we have paid Aaron Williams, and there's some money tied up in that position and Searcy may probably garner starting money," Whaley said. "That's going to be a little more challenging getting that done just because of the cap space used on that position."
Whaley was right on the money in that regard, as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday afternoon that Searcy's contract is expected to be for four years and $24 million, with $10.5 million guaranteed. That's similar to the contract extension the Bills gave Williams last season, which covers four years and can be worth up to $26 million.
Unless the Bills turn to free agency to replace Searcy, Duke Williams is expected to be slotted into the starting job next to Aaron Williams, with Jonathan Meeks and Bacarri Rambo serving in reserve roles.
The Bills let Jarius Bryd walk as a free agent following the 2013 season. Byrd landed with the New Orleans Saints.