October 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. CT.
That’s the official end of the 2013 NFL trade deadline. That’s when all of these bogus rumors involving Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald will stop. That’s when people can stop making arguments about why the Minnesota Vikings should trade for Ben Roethlisberger, the Atlanta Falcons should trade for Justin Blackmon, etc.
Are there any realistic rumors out there? Ironically, there’s one that involves the Tennessee Titans. One of the biggest deadline decisions involves oft-criticized wide receiver Kenny Britt.
Next offseason, Britt will become a free agent. There’s a negligible chance that he receives a contract extension or a franchise tag. The Titans have his successor waiting in the wings (Justin Hunter). They’d love to recoup a draft pick that they lost when they traded for Hunter this past April. While a third-round pick is out of the question, maybe the Titans could find someone desperate enough to offer a fifth-round pick.
Don’t hold your breath. Let’s not forget that Anquan Boldin went for a sixth-round pick. He’s far more valuable than Britt.
Would any team want Britt? Complicating the process is the deep market at wide receiver. Among “rumored” trade assets are Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon and Fitzgerald. The amount of options would drive his price down. Britt’s resume and/or performance is less impressive than any of these players. Trading for Britt would mean that a team is confident that a change of scenery is all he needs to rediscover what made him so dangerous more than 24 months ago.
Is there any chance that this team would trade for a star player? After trading their third-round pick from last season’s draft, don’t expect the Titans to make such a bold move. Is there any player that would provide the final piece in making this a championship contender? A lot of their concerns are more coaching-related than personnel. Many of their personnel issues involve players who haven’t been here for an entire season. They’re not quitting on them this quickly.
What do our readers think? Are there any players who you’ve heard mentioned who could help the Titans make a playoff run? Discuss in the comments, Twitter or Facebook.