Oct 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) takes a snap from center Fernando Velasco (61) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Titans beat the Bills 35-34. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans Tender OL Fernando Velasco


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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  • josh gunnels

    Smart move. Tomorrow’s a big day!

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      I’m so ready for free agency to start…. SO READY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

    This seems like as good a place as any to bring this up. Why on Earth is E. Amano still eating up cap space and roster space for that matter? My guess is that the front office is seeing how well the FA and draft goes. He can’t be any worse than what we had last year.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Good question. Really haven’t heard much about him and the Titans. I think they’d like to keep him for depth, but they’ll force him to take a pay cut to stay. Still should see Hass take a cut as well.

      This money is really starting to add up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

        Well, now that Hutchinson has offically retired, we can be certain we will need at least one guard siging this off season. Not a huge suprise here though. Gives a little more reason to keep Amano for the depth too.