Tennessee Titans’ defensive end Derrick Morgan is a solid young pass rusher. In fact, he made 34 tackles, recorded six sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for the Titans last season.
Morgan, however, will likely have continued struggles if he remains with the Titans. At 6’3 and 271 pounds, Morgan is used to playing with his hand in the dirt, but will likely have to stand up and rush as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Titans this season. That’s why there have been many rumors that the Titans could in fact be dealing Morgan, especially after they restructured the contract of Kamerion Wimbley and signed veteran pass rusher Shawn Phillips.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com believes Morgan is expendable and thinks he could be traded at some point this summer.
A prototypical 4-3 defensive end, Morgan is stuck in no man’s land in Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense. The 2010 first-round pick is penciled in at outside linebacker, a position he’s never played before. The Titans have gone on to sign Shaun Phillips and restructure Kamerion Wimbley’s contract, leaving Morgan’s status up in the air. Much like Graham, he could be a bargain acquisition for a team with a 4-3 scheme. He went to college in Atlanta, and the Falcons just happen to need a pass rusher.
Wesseling names the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals as potential suitors. Four of those teams – the Falcons, Buccaneers, Patriots and Bengals have an obvious need for a pass rusher while the Seahawks were hit hard along the defensive line in free agency.