TSW: 2011 Defensive Wish List

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Defensive Ends

Jason Babin (TEN) – Jim Washburn may be gone, but it is clear that Babin has the ability to make plays if given the right assignment and opportunities.  Re-signing him would also free the Titans up to use their 8th overall pick elsewhere.

Defensive Tackles

Shaun Rodgers (FA) – Not only larger than life, Rodgers is as nimble a defensive tackle as they come in the NFL.  With a rotation that included Rodgers, Tony Brown, Jason Jones, and Sen’Derrick Marks, the Titans could be daunting upfront.

John Henderson (OAK) – This former teammate of Albert Haynesworth is equally large and talented.  His willingness to return to the Tennessee area and have a role in a defensive line rotation should suit him well, as he finishes a solid career.


Stephen Tulloch (TEN) – Tulloch may be undersized.  But, at the end of the day there are few better middle linebackers in the upcoming draft and even fewer in free agency.  Keeping quality character and hard workers should always be a priority.

Paul Poluszny (BUF) – If the price is right, Poluszny would be an interesting addition to the Titan linebacking corps.  The Buffalo Bills operated out of a 3-4 defense with Poluszny playing a middle linebacker.  He could be a great transitional player.

Barrett Ruud (TB) – Ruud is another interesting option for the Titans to consider. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers employ the Tampa 2 (variation of the 4-3) defense.  His asking price could also be inexpensive coming off a bad statistical season.


Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) – Why would he come to Nashville? Easy. Make him an offer he cannot refuse.  Unlike the Randy Moss fiasco, Asomugha is one of the best CBs in the NFL.  Opposite anyone else, he elevates any pass defense into the NFL’s elite.

Strong Safety

Melvin Bullitt (IND) Over the years, Bullitt has started more games than Bob Sanders for the Indianapolis Colts.  He is capable, quick, and accustomed to providing run support from the safety position.  Plus, it is always nice to steal away a Colt.

Danieal Manning (CHI) Manning may just be another Chris Hope – a quality veteran from a quality system with diminishing coverage skills.  If the Chicago Bears are not interested in resigning him, then the Titans should steer clear.

Haruki Nakamura (BAL) The Titans need another quick, hard-hitting safety opposite Michael Griffin.  Why not consider a free agent from the Baltimore Ravens?  Besides, Nakamura could always be an ace special-teamer if it did not pan out.

Even though Jerry Gray just arrived and a lockout is looming, the Titans could use more flexibility from their defensive roster.  Whether Gray chooses to make a switch in philosophy this year or next, now is the time to prepare for that inevitable change.  Gray’s first big test will be in deciding who stays and who goes.  Good luck, Mr. Gray.

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