Could a solid NFL tackle soon be on the move? ESPN’s John Clayton has floated the idea that the Tennessee Titans could dangle lineman Michael Roos as trade bait after drafting Taylor Lewan #11 overall and signing Michael Oher for $20 million.
Clayton notes that Tennessee has high-priced Andy Levitre and 2013 draft pick Chance Warmack at guard, so sliding Roos inside is not an option.
Though Roos is 31, he still has a few good years left in him, and you have to wonder if he wouldn’t be more valuable to the Titans as a trade chip than a swing tackle. Certainly he’s not going to beat out Lewan or Oher for a starting spot in Tennessee, even though Oher is by no means a Pro Bowl tackle.
Like Eugene Monroe last year, Roos could end up being an interesting commodity. The Jaguars would up getting a fourth and a fifth for Monroe. It doesn’t seem unreasonable that Tennessee could end up getting a fifth at least for Roos. Maybe more if some team gets desperate like Baltimore was last year when they picked up Monroe.
Any way you look at it, the Titans’ moves this offseason indicated that they are not satisfied with what Roos brings to the table as a starter. At best, he figures in their plans only as a backup player.