Tennessee Titans Need To Test Drive Bryan Bulaga
By Les Bailey
There is speculation out there, based on an NFL Spin Zone post by Keegan Matheson that after locking up Wide Receiver, Randall Cobb this weekend and he re-upped for a cool $40 million, the Green Bay Packers may be hedging their bets on Right Tackle, Bryan Bulaga.
With ink on Cobb’s contract, the Packers are turning their attention to their 6’5″ 314 pound right tackle to insure protection for their franchise quarterback, Aaron Rogers but sources say that the 25 year-old first-round pick out of Iowa, may already be priced out of “Title Town”.
"According to a report from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the 25 year old Bulaga is seeking a contract in the neighbourhood of $7-8 million annually, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers showing the most interest early on. I’d include the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills on this preliminary list, as well."
I read this article, and see that the half of the teams in the NFL have interest in Bulaga, and wondered why the Tennessee Titans are not on this list.
In fact, as I checked out projections for almost every free agent who may be available on March 10th, and found very few with links to the Titans needs. I thought the Titans needed everything?
I spent the weekend with hopes that the Tennessee Titans would do as President and CEO, Tommy Smith promised fans, and be “very active” in the 2015 free agency market.
With over $44 million in cap space available, I expected some news during the “legal tampering” period, which began on Friday, and the only news I got, was the Titans had re-signed their very fine punter, Brett Kearns, and locked up long-snapper, Beau Brinkly for the near future.
I guess, I was expecting more.
The bar is being set all around the league with most key positions demanding commitment, and a lot of dollars. Thirty-one year-old Doug Free was re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys before they let him out the door. It cost them a three-year deal worth $15 million.
Getting help on the offensive line is not going to be cheap, and if you don’t pay the fiddler here, other teams, like division rival, Houston will be dancing on Zach Mettenberger’s head and the Titans will be back to planning their future around Charlie Whitehurst.
If Bryan Bulaga does eventually become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon, I know, I will be very disappointed if the Titans are not on the list of teams looking to take this kid out for at least a test drive.