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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  • Gary D. Rice

    I think if the Titans decide to forgo signing another “old” pass rush specialist, they’ll be just fine with what they have. They have a number of options on the team already full of young talent. With a new defensive scheme, they can attack the QB in a number of different ways and not just rely on a pass rush specialist. They can blitz from the LB spot or safety and/or move Ayers to the DE spot in passing downs. It would be nice to see John Abraham in Titans blue but if he’s unreasonable in his demands then maybe the Titans should pass. Let’s not forget the Titans drafted Lavar Edwards out of LSU who could turn out to be very effective. He played behind Mingo and Montgomery and could end up as a draft steal for the Titans. If the Titans stand on what they have now, they’ve signed enough people. No one can say they were not active in free agency this season regardless if they land Abraham or not.

    • josh gunnels

      Their push up the middle with Casey, Martin, and Hill will help the current DEs as well. Morgan was awful close a number of times last year, but the QB had too much room to step up and throw. I expect Morgan’s sack totals to go up this year.

  • Modesto Koczwara

    Abraham should because how old he is and he must know the NFL is a young man’s game now. In other news, The Chargers are making great moves!

  • Blair Saldana

    I hope Lavar Edwards is the pass rusher the coaches and scouts suspect he might be too. But we need a proven pass rusher who can spook the O-Line and get into the head of the QB. That’s how Abraham makes his living. I think we’re a pass rush specialist away from being and explosive, destructive D-Line. We’ve got the hulks in the middle to stop the run; now put Abraham and Klug in there on
    some pass rush packages and watch the carnage like in the good ole days with Jevon Kearse. WIPE OUT!