Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) on a 14-yard run in the third quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Titans Free Agency Grades


Free agency was an exciting one for the Tennessee Titans this year as they dove right in and chased down the guys they wanted. Some signings were better than others, with one in particular making more than just me shaking my head. Here’s my grades for the Titans signings since Tuesday:

*note: I am taking salaries into account for the grades.

LG Andy Levitre- The $46.5 million bill is a bit hard to swallow, but I still like the signing. Jake Locker and Chris Johnson have to be happy about the signing. There seemed to be a revolving door at the guard positions this year as injuries plagued the line. Levitre hasn’t missed a game since being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd round of 2009 NFL Draft. He also has experience at every position on the line. He came at a price, but if there were ever two guys to decide what price is fair for an offensive lineman, Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews, two HOF O-lineman, would be the ones.

GRADE: A-

TE Delanie Walker-While I’m still not exactly sure how the Titans plan to utilize Walker, it still seems like a good signing. If nothing else, it’s a sign of the Titans faith in TE Taylor Thompson and his growth at the position. The 4-year deal worth $17.5 million, with over $8.6 million in guaranteed money is a little rich for me. Hopefully he proves to be worth all that money. His 7 drops in 2012 certainly don’t instill confidence. He’s not Jared Cook’s replacement, but hopefully he’s a great match with the other Thompson and Stevens.

GRADE: B

RB Shonn Greene- This was perhaps the most frustrating signing by the Titans. Greenes career has trended downward ever since his rookie year. PFF sums up my feeling about the signing best:

Despite being handed some excellent blocking, Greene just couldn’t capitalize. The supposed power back struggled to break tackles and pick up yards during contact and left him with an elusive rating of just 11.7. The second lowest in the league. You’ve got money to burn Tennessee which is great, but you could have spent it wisely at least.

The upcoming draft class has some talented big guys. Why not roll the dice on one of them? Here’s to hoping a better atmosphere than the one in New York does some good for Greene.

GRADE: D

DT Sammie Hill- Love, love, love this signing. I haven’t heard on negative thing about Hill. Lions media and fans all applauded it, saying Hill will finally get the chance to start somewhere after being stuck in the log jam of DT’s behind Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh. Hill’s 330 lbs body gives the Titans more beef up front and with any luck, putting him next to Jurrell Casey will help a Titans run defense that continued to struggle in the 2012 season. At 3-years, $11.4 million, the Titans got their man without busting the bank.

GRADE: A

LB Moise Fokou- Nothing overly exciting here. The Titans add some needed LB depth with a solid veteran player. More signings like this should be on their way before the draft.

GRADE: A-

 

So far, so good. By the time the draft rolls around the Titans should be in solid shape and be able to draft whoever floats their boat, whether it be a WR, DE, OL, or SS.

39 days ’til the draft.

 

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  • josh gunnels

    What about George Wilson?

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

      “Here’s my grades for the Titans signings since Tuesday:”

      Wilson signed a month ago or so and I’m pretty sure I did a grade on that back then. Pretty sure it was an A.

      • josh gunnels

        I would have to have paid attention to notice that!

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

          It’s all in the fine print! I knew someone would ask that, so I put it in there to prevent such a thing. Or at least to be able to say why it wasn’t there.

  • josh gunnels

    I basically agree on all the grades. I feel like the Delanie Walker deal will either end up being a homerun or a total bust. They gave him good money and say he an do a lot of things. It’s up to Loggains to utilize him, and up to him to catch the ball!

    He sure was good in the last half of the season for the 49ers though!

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

      We’ll see. Certainly interesting.

  • James Hayes

    I would give them all A’s except Greene your right why not roll the dice on a RB like Bell or Ball and used the money we spent on Greene for a DE now we are almost broke and really have no depth at DE . But I do love how Greene runs very aggressive for the most part. our back field duo is way better then smash and dash ever was . But imagine if we had eddie George and CJ2K now that’s a wet dream

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

      Yeah. Really could have used a veteran DE more than Greene. Still interested to see how they address that need.

      • James Hayes

        Do we even have enough cap space anymore ?!? Some bench players better get ready to see an open market

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

          We’ve got about $3-4 million left, approximately

          • James Hayes

            So just enough to sign the rookie class ?

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

            Basically. Should see some more money from restructuring/releasing of Amano/Hass at some point though.

          • josh gunnels

            They’ll make more moves over the next couple of weeks. They must not be too worried about money or they couldn’t be courting Dumervil.

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

            Psh. I doubt there’s much “courting” going on. It’s more like a source says “Yeah, they’d love to have him.” They’d also love Tom Brady, Megatron, and more cap space.

  • Chris Hunt

    LenDale White ran for over 800 yards when paired with Johnson his rookie year, that being said, greene and Johnson could both easily eclipse 1,000-1,200 yards. The Jets have been an absolute mess the pat couple seasons and the guy did run for 1,000 yards those last two years, with two of the worst QB’s in the league. Facing 8 man fronts every run for a team that has no drive to win has to wear on you. I say give him a year to resurrect a once promising career and if it doesn’t work out cut him and Johnson and start over.

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

      It’ll definitely be interesting to see what happens if CJ has another disappointing season.