Potential cut the Tennessee Titans should add: offense
By Will Lomas
Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is over, it is time to look at the third phase of free agency: the cuts.
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While it is impossible now to determine who will shine during the offseason, there are some players that just don’t make sense on rosters if everything goes according to plan. That inspired Gregg Rosenthal to write this piece for NFL.com.
In it, he lists 20 players who could potentially be off of their current teams based off of their recent drafts. While there are a lot of good names on this list, there are two that I really like for the Tennessee Titans and wish they could sign.
Offensively, the player that sticks out most to me is Pierre Garcon.
Tennessee Titans fans will remember him as the young up-and-coming wide receiver during Peyton Manning’s last few years in Indianapolis. During his last two years there he had 137 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns. All this while being the #3 receiver on that offense.
So, why would he be cut? Well, here is the excerpt from the story:
“Garcon and DeSean Jackson were listed as potential surprise salary-cap cuts after combining for 1,305 yards last year, but that never made a lot of sense. Both are paid handsomely yet remain high-level starters. Garcon is just likely to be starting elsewhere in 2017 after the Redskins drafted wide receiver Josh Doctson with the No. 22 overall pick. Tight end Jordan Reed and underrated slot man Jamison Crowder also are hungry for targets, so it will be tough for any Redskins receiver to put up monster numbers.”
Cheap, young and talented are buzz words for front offices when it comes to wide receivers, and for a team that just threw 10s of millions of dollars to Josh Norman, that has to be the first place they will look to cut corners (or receivers in this case).
So, how does he fit with the Tennessee Titans?
Well, he is a 6-foot wide receiver who has lined up inside and out and who has been exceptionally productive in his career. He has 7 years straight with 600 yards or more production, and if not for that one year in the middle where he missed 6 games with an injury, that number would have been 750 yards.
He is a player who can range from a true #1 to a #3 receiver based on what the offense needs and he only turns 30 during the year. He still seems to have several more years of production ahead of him and he would be a security blanket for the Titans.
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With Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter on the last year of their contracts, and with Harry Douglas about to turn 32 this team could definitely use another solid receiver.
The Tennessee Titans have said all along that they will improve this roster in every phase of the offseason whether that means through cuts, trades, drafts, free agency, or through waiver claims.
So far the Tennessee Titans have been very active in all those facets making smart moves, this would definitely be one of the more fun and interesting player the Titans could add this offseason.