Tennessee Titans: Not Expected to use Franchise Tag


Today, March 2nd, 2015, marks the deadline for teams to use or not use their franchise tags.  The Tennessee Titans are in a position where they don’t have anyone on the roster the truthfully warrants the use of a franchise tag.

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Michael Roos, the 10 year Titans veteran and staple of the offensive line over the last decade, has decided to retire after a meeting with the Titans top brass. There was suspicion that the Titans could have been leaning towards splitting with the veteran left tackle, however, he decided it was time to hang up his cleats.

There is a very small chance the Titans could use it on P Brett Kern or K Ryan Succop, but I believe there is less than 10% chance of that happening.

The franchise tag is a great tool for teams to utilize in the right situation such as the Kansas City Chiefs did by using the tag on LB Justin Houston.  When a great player is on the verge of free agency but a team isn’t quite ready to break the bank or commit long-term, the franchise tag goes in favor of the team. It appears most players despise them, however, due to the risk of playing on a one year contract. One injury could change everything at any given time, but especially when a player is on the field under a franchise tag contract.  In some instances players don’t mind the franchise tag as it pays very favorable towards the player.

The Tennessee Titans have their work cut out for them this off-season. They still have to decide what will be the best move in this year’s draft with the second overall pick. The best option would be drafting DE Leonard Williams (USC) to give newly acquired defensive coach Dick LeBeau a great young, talented player to help defensive coordinator Ray Horton shape up the hybrid 3-4 defense they are trying to implement.

The second best option would be trading with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire more picks. The Titans are much further away from being competitive than just one or two players and making a big trade with the Eagles would give the Titans a surplus of picks in a very talented draft class.

I apologize if you are one of the readers/fans that are hoping the Titans draft either Jameis Winston (FSU) or Marcus Mariota (Oregon).  You will not get that from me.  The sample size we got from rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was enough for me to want to see MORE from him, but not enough to exactly hand him the franchise. The Titans were destroyed by injuries and at one point Mettenberger didn’t have WRs Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright, or Nate Washington to pass to in a game.

I would love to see the Titans bring in another QB to compete with Mettenberger and see how it plays out. I don’t expect the Titans to retain Jake Locker as his potential has finally been way overshadowed by repeated injuries.  As for Charlie Whitehurst, I think he is a great option for now as a backup quarterback.

What would you like to see the Titans do in this years draft?

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