Tennessee Titans Should Target Veteran Leadership in FA


Other than tight ends, the Tennessee Titans have a large void when it comes to veteran leadership on this football team. Especially on the offensive side of the football. With approximately $45 Million in cap space after the new year begins on March 9th, free agency would be a great place to solve this problem.

It’s been hard to get a handle on where new general manager Jon Robinson’s head is on this subject, but with many of the top teams out there such as the the World Champion Denver Broncos and many more who will be in cap trouble, veteran leadership can be bought.

It will just come down to how wide Amy Adams Strunk is willing open the teams wallet in order to help solve this problem.

Most of the offensive units, including quarterback, could use a veteran who can mentor these youngsters both on the field, and in the locker room.

The defense, for the most part, has this aspect of team cohesiveness covered with the likes of Brian Orakpo, Jason McCourty and others who assume leadership roles.

After all, Ken Whisenhunt, Ruston Webster and Dick LeBeau added this leadership in free agency last year when they brought in Orakpo, Da’Norris Searcy and Perrish Cox.

Now it’s time to do the same for the offense.

Everyone loves Zach Mettenberger, but it’s time to move on. Two years in, and Mett is still not a legitimate backup quarterback who can take the field when Marcus Mariota is injured, and win a ball game.

Brock Osweiler and Kirk Cousins are set to be free agents, but you have to know the Broncos and Redskins will not let these kids hit the market, but other possibilities who may well be available are the likes of Matt Hasselbeck, Josh McCown and Colt McCoy.

All three of these QB’s will more than likely be available and all three would be good mentors for Marcus Mariota and have the talent to  sit on a lead, or come in and win a game.

The offensive line, wide receivers and running backs could use a few veterans as well.

Harry Douglass filled a leadership role with the wide receivers last year, but had too many dropped passes. Douglass comes out of the Atlanta Falcons stable where Mike Mularkey and new offensive coordinator Terry Robiske cut their teeth and will likely see another season.

I think Delanie Walker was spot on when he told an audience on the J-Mac Show that the offensive line could use some veteran leaders.

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Walker said the team doesn’t need another rookie lineman, they needed a couple of veterans.

The Titans had an opportunity last year at vets like Evan Mathis and  Stefen Wisniewski, formerly of the Oakland Raiders and now becoming available from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Many of the 2016 Mock Drafts are targeting Old Miss OT Laremy Tunsil for the Titans first pick, providing they don’t trade down, but veteran leadership for this unit is a must.

Last, but not least, the running backs.

This unit is by far, the most needy when it comes to veteran leadership. I have continued to tell anyone who is listening that Chicago Bears running back, Matt Forte was a must target, and still feel that way even with the Bears releasing him last week.

Forte is a workhorse that could mentor the youngsters in every aspect of playing the position from pass protection to catching the ball out of the backfield.

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The Titans added defensive help and leadership last year through free agency, it’s time for Jon Robinson to do the same for the offense this year.