The Peyton Manning saga has drained us all. The Tennessee Titans’ front office was handcuffed by a greedy owner, impeding them from implementing their offseason plan. The fans were kept at bay by Peyton, while half cheered for Manning’s signature and the other half just wanted it all to be resolved. Alas, Peyton Manning did not sign with the Titans, leaving the organization and the fans looking depleted. Some were shocked, others relieved. Regardless of personal feelings towards the situation, the quickest to rebound from the saga was the front office.
They rapidly signed an upper-echelon pass rusher in Kamerion Wimbley, as well as a mauling, veteran guard in Steve Hutchinson. Both come with question marks (Wimbley being an every down pass rusher and Hutchinson keeping up his past level of play), but nevertheless are solid pickups that will help this team become better this upcoming season. Since those acquisitions, though, there’s been little to no activity within the Titans’ brass. Are they done making moves in free agency? And if so, has it been enough for what this team needs?
Of course, the answer to the latter question can only be determined throughout the course of the season. But for right now, I’ll act like I know what will play out. I’m not entirely sure whether the Titans will make any more moves, but one that wouldn’t surprise me is for them to sign a veteran center to replace Eugene Amano. Perhaps Jamaal Jackson, who a few years ago was a very good player for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The signings of Wimbley and Hutchinson boost two areas of need that the Titans had going into this offseason. The pass rush, though, is far from fixed. We’re looking at Wimbley on one side of the defensive line, and Derrick Morgan, who came on towards the end of last season, on the other side. Behind them isn’t much depth. And not very good depth. It’s very possible that the Titans do indeed add another piece to the pass rushing puzzle with the 20th overall pick. As for the offensive line, Hutchinson is a very good add that will improve the line. But the center situation must be addressed, either through one more signing or the draft.
The only other position that the Titans could stand to add some depth is cornerback. The loss of Cortland Finnegan can be offset with the addition of a solid nickel corner. There aren’t many left in free agency, and that can also be an option for the Titans in the draft. Names like Janoris Jenkins and Stephon Gilmore come to mind.
Had it not been for the Peyton Manning chase, the Titans might have had a completely different free agency class. They missed out on a good amount of solid players that they were considering. To come away with two very good football players, after being set back by an unnecessary lovefest at the hands of owner Bud Adams, at positions of need, is an accomplishment for the front office. There are still areas of need, but those can easily be solved through the draft. As long as the right players are drafted. And the owner doesn’t interfere.