Overview: The Titans look like a mess that shouldn’t be a mess. They have some talent, but it seems to be scattered all over the field so you can’t point to one unit and say “well, at least the backfield doesn’t suck” or “thank goodness they have that secondary.” They might have a quarterback (they want to believe in Zach Mettenberger) but they lack pieces elsewhere.
They have OK wide receivers, OK running backs, an OK line, some OK defensive players. It doesn’t seem like they are that far off and yet they continue to struggle badly. With $46,576,630 in cap space and just over $5 million in dead cap, they have plenty of ability to add talent. But where do they go first?
Pros: Maybe if this were a good quarterback free agency class, we’d say they should go in that direction, but it’s not and Charlie Whitehurst is as good a backup as any for them. Same thing with running back where Bishop Sankey may yet show us upper echelon talent, but at worst he is a solid runner. What they need to do is attack the offensive line, especially since Michael Oher was mediocre and Chance Warmack has been uninspiring.
Luckily they have a solid tackle with Tayler Lewan, but Michael Roos retired and adding some top end guards – you may be sick of seeing the name here but Mike Iupati comes to mind – could only help the cause. The need some pass rushing help as well, so targeting someone like a Brandon Graham or swinging for the fences with Brian Orakpo or Jason Worilds would make sense.
Cons: The Titans went to address the offensive line last year and it didn’t work. In fact, the Titans often try to address the line and fail. So is it safe to assume that any money they spend might as well be lit on fire? One hopes they learn their lesson, but the franchise has been adrift so long that it’s hard to imagine they have.
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