Rod Hood (CB) – GOING
Fortunately, this position for the Titans seems to be as well-stocked as ever. With Cortland Finnegan, Alterraun Verner, Jason McCourty, and Vincent Fuller all playing extremely well. Unfortunately, Hood will probably find himself on the outside looking in.
Stafon Johnson (RB) – STAYING
Johnson demonstrated flashes of brilliance in the preseason before a freak injury. With the Titan staff still smarting over letting LeGarrette Blount get away, look for an abundance of caution in evaluating this possibly dynamic and explosive running back.
Marcus Howard (DE) – GOING
If the Titans re-sign Jacob Ford, Howard’s chances of making the 53-man roster do not look good. Jason Babin, Dave Ball, Derrick Morgan, and William Hayes have all distinguished themselves as an excellent pass rushing group this year.
Kareem Brown (DT) – GOING
Copy and paste Howard’s comment in here.
Although both will be in training camp, I do not expect either to make the final roster.
Colin Allred (LB) – GOING
Allred has had a few years to make an impression and has failed to do so in any meaningful way. With his minimum price tag growing and potential upside shrinking, this special-teamer will find himself on the Titan practice squad or in greener pastures.
Jamie Winborn (LB) – GOING
Again, copy and paste Allred’s comment in here. The Titans have plenty of speedy, undersized linebackers, and it is unlikely the Titans will choose Winborn over Rennie Curran. Then again, if the Titans do not draft early in this position…
Ryan Mouton (CB) – GOING
Unlike Jason McCourty, Mouton has not adapted in his second year as a pro. The experiment to make him a returner failed and he has not made a serious impact in special teams as a gunner. Being a 3rd rounder may buy him another season, but that’s all.
Eugene Amano (C) – STAYING
Fernando Velasco did okay on Sunday against a depleted Houston Texan defensive front, but the likelihood of him dislodging Amano from a starting spot is near impossible. Even if Velasco exemplifies himself, look for Amano to shift back to guard.
Derrick Morgan (DE) – STAYING
The 2010 first-round draft pick will be locked and loaded for next season and hopefully this injury will prove to be nothing more than a smudge for a developing defensive superstar. He may not be the next Jevon Kearse, but anything close would be enough.
Dave Ball (DE) – STAYING
As a veteran presence and a player who still has skills (led the Titans in sacks early in the year), expect to see Ball back in the powdered blue next season. Although in probably a less prominent role, giving way to the younger Hayes and Morgan.
Vince Young (QB) – STAYING
This decision is Bud Adams to make alone. Unfortunately, it will cost the Titans their head coach. This is NOT the right decision. But, it looks increasingly likely that one more Titan loss will inevitably be followed by a resignation press conference.