Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) warm up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Titans Could Cut Hasselbeck, Washington Outright


Could the Titans cut veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Nate Washington?

Before anyone jumps off the deep end, I’m not saying that this will happen, or even should happen.  But at the risk of sensationalism, the possibility isn’t that far fetched.  The Titans have been on a bit of a spending spree in free agency as of late which is all well and good.  They had money to spend and are doing so, and the way they are spending the money has been well received.  Their biggest signing was to offensive guard Andy Levitre, and although they paid him well for a guard, he didn’t break the bank.  So far they have spread around what they had to spend and are trying to cover all their bases.

By all calculations, however, the Titans should be done spending.  They entered free agency with about $18M to spend in cap room this year. Apparently they spent just over that, about $18M, in cap hits for the 2013 year with their free agent signings.  Reports have it that the Titans are still in the ball park of $5M under the cap with the departure of Jordan Babineaux and the retirement of Steve Hutchinson.  This money will be needed to sign the incoming rookie class.

The Titans have said they aren’t finished with their free agency moves, and continue to schedule meetings with second to third tier guys, that are badly needed on this team, but whose contracts won’t strain the budget too much either.  That’s all well and good, but what about Wes Welker? Danny Amendola? Elvis Dumervil?

This is the fishy part.  The Titans have basically spent what they can, but they’re obviously not done shopping.  The front office isn’t clueless, and had to at least know the ballpark of what Welker would have cost.  Where are they going to come up with that kind of dough?  And now they are reportedly in a four way race for Elvis Dumervil, who was about 10 minutes away from signing back in Denver for $8M guaranteed in 2013.  I can understand the Titans picking up filler pieces here and there and making the numbers work by cutting some of the lower end of the roster.  What I don’t understand is how they’re going to sign Elvis Dumervil unless they’ve got a Platinum Card the league lets them use no one else knows about.

Ace In The Hole

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Nate Washington (85) is pursued by New York Jets safety Yeremiah Bell (37) at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Cutting Hasselbeck outright saves the Titans $5.5M.   We all know Matt Hasselebeck said he was open to restructuring his contract, which is assumed to happen once the Titans know what they can afford.  This coaching staff has bet the farm on Jake Locker, and are trying to do their best to put the pieces around him to succeed.  Is Matt Hasselbeck still one of those pieces?  Can Matt Haesslebeck get the Titans to the playoffs if Locker goes down for the season?  Would you rather have a stud DE that can get the offense back on the field, or a back up QB?

Nate Washington saves them $4.2M if cut outright.  Washington was reportedly shopped around for a trade once the news of the Titans courting Amendola hit.  As much of a surprise as this was to most, it’s obvious that if the Titans can find the right guy to play the slot, Washington’s gone one way or the other.  They want to move Kendall Wright to the outside and can save $4.2M at the same time.  The addition of Levitre, Walker and Greene also point to the fact that the Titans plan on returning to the run game, and have already invested heavily on that side of the ball.

So, how can the Titans continue to entertain big named, high dollar free agents when they’ve already spent all they have?  By cutting the two biggest numbers on the books for the upcoming year not named Roos or Stewart.

 

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  • Wside#44Grooms

    They might as well save the cap and cut Washington now, hes obviously upset. They must be planning on taking a slot receiver in the draft. Not a fan of the Titans shelling out 8 mil or more for whatll be a 30 year old pass rush specialist. Seems like they could draft a extremely talented young pass rusher at 10 if they want one that badly. Their FA moves this far will make the draft a complete mystery thats for sure but it should be fun to watch them gun for BPA. Id still like Warmack there. Interior was so bad last year it warrants such extreme measures

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

      I don’t think the Titans will have to shell out anything close to 8 mill for a vet pass rusher. The top guys went for peanuts.

      I think the Titans are really hoping for O-line with the 10th pick. Get their other starting guard and the rest of the draft is an absolute breeze.

      • Wside#44Grooms

        Yea thats what scares me though with Dumervil, it would take more money for him to sign with a team that isnt thought of as a contender and if the Titans are in love with him it could be a recipe for overpayment. I really hope that doesnt happen but thats what I meant. And yes I agree, it seems the only logical way the draft should play out. Get the guard then have at it the rest of the draft. Would like to see them draft a good safety for future use though, if not then the chances of a future draft class being so deep at safety are slim.

      • josh gunnels

        wow. can’t believe you didn’t say to replace Washington with Patterson!!!!

        Do you think they’ll take G at 10? I hope so, but don’t think Munch will do it.

        • Wside#44Grooms

          People do strange out of character things when their told outright that they will be fired if X doesnt happen haha. I think adding Warmack to the o-line with Levitre would obviously protect Locker but have a trickle down effect as far has TOP and helping the D. I dont see how any other one player could affect so many areas like patching the O-line with Warmack would. But the FO may think differently, Im sure not the one getting paid all that money to make those moves.

    • josh gunnels

      I agree with the Warmack pick, but I don’t see Munchak doing it. Maybe he proves me wrong.

      I don’t think they would pay out the nose for Dumervil, but if they did sign him, that would be the best chance for the taking Warmack/Cooper in the first. It would be the last glaring need.

      As far as Washington is concerned, I have no idea what to believe. If you are serious about putting the best pieces around Locker in order to succeed, it’s hard to take away the teams leading receiver, and someone that Locker went to and trusted often.

      • Wside#44Grooms

        Couldnt agree more. Everything they have done so far should benefit Locker greatly, except for the Washington non sense. My best guess is they mustve thought they had a player in the bag and then it back fired. Bc as the situation is now its just taking away from the offense, and I think the best they can hope to do is find another solid slot guy like Wright and thats hard to do 2 consecutive drafts in my opinion. Who knows maybe they have a guy on the roster or practice squad they like, Preston caught as many balls as Hawkins. Maybe its Hawkins, he seemed to be coming on in ’11 then they just didnt throw at him in ’12, Loggains may use him again.

        • josh gunnels

          Wright is better on the outside which is the problem. Williams and Preston both play the same position as Britt which is the other problem. Really lacking a good inside slot presence.
          Maybe Hawkins can step up and fill that role this year. The market is super thin there.

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