The Tennessee Titans have the potential to make a huge change in this team over the next four months. The good news for Titans fan is that the wait is almost over with free agency starting in just a few weeks.
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Spotrac is a very fun site to use during the offseason like OTC, and I encourage everyone to check it out, especially the story I am about to site. These are some notes for the Titans that should encourage fans:
On Doug Martin and why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should keep him:
"“Cap isn’t an issue for the Buccaneers, but leverage with Martin is. The projected tag for running backs in 2016 is $11.8M, a huge number for a player who earned $1.3M in 2015. Tagging him attaches him to the Bucs through the offseason (and away from the Titans), giving them plenty of time to hammer out a multi-year deal. Martin wants DeMarco Murray money ($8M per year), and is calculating at just under $7M per year, but the Buccaneers would do well to get him locked in at a deal resembling 4 years, $25M.”"
I agree with this. Martin had a breakout year and showed that he has the potential to be a bellcow running back in the NFL after finishing second in rushing yards. That is a huge cap hit for the Bucs who have stated that they don’t like to/want to pay free agents big money in the offseason.
The Titans should certainly go after him and that is a nice and fair deal with how the cap should grow in the next few years and how important it is to give Marcus Mariota a running back he can count on.
On signing Lamar Miller:
"“The Dolphins are tight with their cap currently, so keeping Miller in town might be a struggle. The Titans would probably prefer to reel in Matt Forte and his versatility, but he’s made it clear he’s only interested in contenders at this point. Miller has shown flashes of above average talent, and shouldn’t break the bank either. He’s valuing at an even $5M per year, but might be able to squeeze $6M should the demand be there.”"
Again, another way the Tennessee Titans can help themselves at the running back position. I am not a huge Miller guy from what I have seen on him, but a lot of people really like him and if the Titans can get him for fairly cheap I think that is a smart deal.
On EDGE Trent Cole:
“Cole’s a formidable edge rusher, but the numbers simply aren’t there to justify a $7.125M cap hit”
So, I have to say I never thought it was a good deal for the Indianapolis Colts because they paid him so much money hoping to get a great year out of him. While he is still a very good rotational guy like James Harrison in Pittsburgh, you can’t depend on him as a starter. Now, having seen what happened to the Titans when Derrick Morgan went out for the season, I would like for them to take a look at him if he is cut.
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On DE Chris Long:
“The Rams have one of the best young defensive lines in all of football. And while Chris Long is a no-brainer keep for most NFL teams, he’s likely the odd man out in LA. At 30 years old, he’ll have plenty of offers should he be released, a move that would clear $11.75M from the Rams cap.”
This is another guy I would love for the Titans to add for the same reason as Cole. Although, I would say if he can stay healthy he could be a 60% snap guy easily in Tennessee where he can give the other two pass rushers a nice break.
On possibly releasing Victor Cruz:
“We say consider because this move would be strictly business. The Giants desperately need more weapons around Eli, and when healthy, Cruz has certainly been that. But back to back season in the IR, and a much too rich $8M cash, $9.9M cap hit for 2016 doesn’t jive with his risk potential. The Giants can clear $6.1M by releasing him now, $8M by waiting until June 1st. ”
This is a no brainer for the Titans. If they can bring in Cruz as a #2 receiver I think it would help this team out tremendously. People forget just how talented he is when he is healthy.