Dec 9 2012, Indianapolis, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) waits to be introduced during player introductions before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney off FA Market, Tennessee Titans Have Fewer DE Options

Are the Tennessee Titans serious about adding competition to their rotation at defensive end? If so, their options became fewer after Dwight Freeney reportedly signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. The contract includes an $8.75 million base salary. In 2013, Freeney will make $5.75 million.

For the last few weeks, the Titans have been linked as potential suitors for John Abraham, Israel Idonije or Freeney. While Abraham appears like their No. 1 target, Abraham wants to play an average of 60-plus snaps per game. That wouldn’t happen with the Titans, who already have Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley. With the Titans, Abraham should expect around 35-40 snaps per game. Those totals would increase if Morgan or Wimbley were injured.

Will Abraham back off of his demands? Over his last three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Abraham averaged fewer than 50 snaps per game. At age 35, would another team suddenly increase his playing time and have him enter training camp as a full-time starter? Abraham may take his time and see if another team loses a starting defensive end to a long-term injury.

With one fewer backup plan, let’s see if the Titans become more aggressive in their pursuit for Abraham or Idonije. There’s no doubt that this team could use another quality pass-rusher. Then again, the Titans could experiment with Akeem Ayers in that role.

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