Oct 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) runs off the field following a win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium. New England Patriots defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 43-17. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
4. What pending free agents will hit the market that we should go after?
Based off the players I would like to see the Titans re-sign I will “assume” the Titans will have roughly $25 million to spend in free agency next summer. Again, as I stated in the very beginning this article is pure speculation and what I would do if I were in a position of power.
Here are the 2015 free agents I think are likely to hit the market and who I would love to see in Titan blue.
- DE Greg Hardy (Carolina Panthers)
- S Devin McCourty (New England Patriots)
- LB Jabaal Sheard (Cleveland Browns)
- RB Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
First off, what are the odds of these happening? Slim to none probably. But I think if the Titans were aggressive in free agency the Titans could get closer to that goal that CEO Tommy Smith stated a couple weeks ago about playing for the Super Bowl in 2016.
I know Marshawn Lynch isn’t a “free agent” but it has been widely speculated he is on the outs with the team and will not be returning in 2015. Lynch is a true workhorse. This signing doesn’t have anything to do negatively towards rookie runner Bishop Sankey because I am a huge fan of his and I think he earned some stripes Monday night against the Steelers, but I do think Lynch and Sankey could be a great duo. I have never been, and never will be a fan of RB Shonn Greene and he has had an abysmal season. Lynch is an every down back, but we could make the most of his carries and extend his playing time by putting him in goal-line situations and clock management situations.
It has also been widely speculated that DE Greg Hardy will not be returning to Carolina due to the domestic violence issue that is currently over his head. It is also quite possible that depending on what is uncovered when the trial begins that he could miss significant time next season as well. However, it is hard to ignore the talent this man has. He is a fierce player that can disrupt a quarterback’s timing and force turnovers. If the Titans drafted Shane Ray and acquired Hardy in free agency, that’s a recipe for a greatly improved pass rush.
I think there is a slim chance of this happening, but I would love to see the McCourty twins team up in 2015 – in Tennessee not New England. The two brothers have expressed wanting to play with each other at some point in their career and the timing couldn’t be better. With the Titans needing help in the secondary this could be a move that improves our defense and helps two brothers make their dreams’ come true by brining Devin McCourty to the Music City.
Acquiring LB Jabaal Sheard would be a good acquisition because it would help bring camaraderie to the defense between himself and DC Ray Horton. This defense is definitely in a transition looking for its’ identity and this could help mend the defense and bring in a very good player at a position we are questionable at.