The Tennessee Titans have tendered OL Fernando Velasco with a second-round tender, assuring that if somebody wants to take Velasco, the Titans won’t be left empty handed. They’ll have the opportunity to match any offers made to Velasco and if they choose not to match the offer, they can take a nice, fluffy second-round pick.
That’s a win-win move. I think the Titans will try to bring Velasco back in to start at center for them. The Titans are already looking at possibly replacing two starting offensive linemen, they don’t need to add another spot to that list. With a second-round pick hanging in the balance though, if they see a few players with second-round grades on them in the 2013 NFL Draft that they think should be sitting there by the time their second (if they let Velasco go, both of their second) round pick is up, then they could be tempted.
That being said, this team is one of the youngest in the NFL. Keeping a little bit of a veteran presence on the offensive line should be important to the Titans, especially in the middle. They want this line to be the best it can be to help Locker flourish in his 3rd season.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out. We’ll start to see what the Titans are thinking when free agency opens tomorrow at 3 pm. Rumors thus far indicate that the Titans should be right there in the mix for the Buffalo Bills OG Andy Levitre.
Let’s hope they don’t have any fails like last year and the pursuit of he who must not be named. *Fingers crossed*
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