Luke Mullins of The Washingtonian has reported that Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in January 2013. Fokou pleaded “not guilty.” His trial date has been set for October 22. That falls on the Tuesday during their bye week (bye date: October 27). The entire report can be read here.
This report creates a lot of questions. Did the Titans know anything about this before they signed him in March? Although his trial date doesn’t occur until after Week 7, will it affect his chance of making the 53-man roster? What does Delanie Walker think about this? For anyone who doesn’t know, Walker has lobbied for harsher DUI penalties in Tennessee. Walker lost his aunt and uncle following an accident that was allegedly caused from an intoxicated driver.
As of this article, the Titans and Fokou have yet to comment. It’s worth noting that Brandon Barden has remained with the team following his DUI charge from February. That involved a wreck with two passengers. While Barden probably won’t make the 53-man roster unless one of the top three tight ends get injured (Craig Stevens, Taylor Thompson or Walker), recent history suggests that the Titans won’t make any quick or irrational decisions.
Not expecting anything to come of this but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Look for Fokou to compete for one of two, possibly three job openings at linebacker. Colin McCarthy, Zach Brown, Akeem Ayers and Zaviar Gooden are all-but-locks to make the team. Tim Shaw, Patrick Bailey, Greg Jones and Jonathan Willard are some of the linebackers who’ll compete with Fokou for a reserve job. Barring an awful training camp, Fokou has a good chance to make the roster.