Nov 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre (67) blocks against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans will undoubtedly be searching for at least a couple starters in free agency, which will be opening in just a few short hours at 3 pm CT. Holes exist on both sides of the ball, however small or large they are. Offensive line and tight end seem to be the two biggest glaring holes, with Jared Cook jumping ship in chase of the big, green cash monster and Steve Hutchinson retiring, as well as the Titans waving goodbye to OG Leroy Harris.
Of all the times you’d expect the Titans to make a splash in free agency, this year presents one of the biggest chance of them doing so, thanks to the urgency of making the playoffs. Now let’s take a look at the free agents that are almost certain to be signed by the Titans:
- TE Dustin Keller– The Titans have lost Jared Cook, and with his departure, they don’t have a number one TE. Keller has been Mark Sanchez’s rock in New York, but he’s done there. The Titans can easily take less money than they planned on spending on Cook and get Keller. People have mentioned the Titans going after Martellus Bennett, but he’ll be looking for a sizable contract and the Titans money will be better spent on Keller. Solid receiver, blocker, and down to earth guy who makes the Titans and Jake Locker better from day one. They were in contact with his agent a few days ago. I’ll be rather surprised if he isn’t in two-toned blue within the week.
- OG Andy Levitre – It isn’t news to anyone that the Titans want Levitre. That being said, it’s not written in stone that they’ll get him, but the general consensus is that they’re out to get him. Having two Hall of Fame coaches on the staff is certainly a selling point. Knowing that the Titans are looking to surround him with even more talent than David Stewart and Michael Roos could be the nail in the coffin. Even The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt seems to think they’ll land him.
Those are about the only two that I’ll stake my name on the Titans getting. I expect the Titans will pursue more offensive linemen, if only for depth, as well as a defensive end to throw into rotation with DEs Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley. Whether or not they’ll successfully land another DE who can produce for them is in question, but they’d certainly like to do so.
There nearly no depth behind the starting DEs and the Titans need more production than they got from that position in 2012.
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