The Tennessee Titans have finally scheduled a DE to come in for a visit with Matt Shaughnessy being scheduled to visit them over the weekend. A couple of high-interest DE’s have already disappeared from the market for well under what they were expected to. Shaughnessy is meeting with the Arizona Cardinals before visiting the Titans.
Raiders free-agent DE Matt Shaughnessy is visiting Cardinals, then Titans on Friday and possibly Eagles if no other deal done.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2013
Defensive end is the Titans biggest need that they haven’t addressed thus far, besides the mediocre re-signing of DE Keyunta Dawson. Hopefully Shaughnessy makes it out of Arizona to meet with the Titans, who should be very interested in acquiring the 6’5, 285 lbs defensive end services.
Shaughnessy will be turning 27 about a month into the 2013 NFL season, an age often looked at as a player’s prime.
Here’s a brief look at Shaughnessy’s career stats thus far, courtesy of ESPN.com:
Shaughnessy presents a solid depth signing option that could replace the production lost with DE Dave Ball’s departure. He obviously won’t be able to supplement all the depth they need at that position, but he’d leave them in much better shape than if they were to only rely on the draft to fill the need.
That being said, it should be expected, even if they do sign a veteran DE, that they will be taking a DE in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft, just as it should be expected that they’ll add more talent to the offensive line and safety positions.
If the Titans are lucky, he’ll make it out of Arizona without signing a contract. If Titans fans are lucky, the Titans will sign him to a contract during his visit in Nashville.
Here’s to hoping.
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