Not the biggest names, but the best fits for the Tennessee Titans.
The Tennessee Titans have a ton of cap space this offseason and despite what most people will argue, they probably won’t end up in the market for the truly “elite” free agents.
To be honest it isn’t what Jon Robinson does and it isn’t how this organization has ever been run. Having said that, some of the names on this list could and will cost more than $10 million annually.
That number may shock you at first, but you need to remember that the NFL is only getting richer and the cap is only going to go up. That means that all of these big contracts will pale in comparison to what the rookies that are coming in now will get after their first contract.
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That is just how this is trending. So with that in mind, is $10 million per year (less than 6% of the 2017 cap) really that much to spend on someone who will be your fifth or sixth best player?
So, let’s look at the names that fit the Tennessee Titans best.
QB: Brian Hoyer
The Tennessee Titans don’t need a “veteran” but they need someone that can win games if they have to start in a pinch. I think recent attempts to be a starter have taken the shine off of Hoyer as a potential QB1 on a team.
However, the Tennessee Titans need a QB who they can put in and trust them to manage the team better than Matt Cassel did last year. Hoyer also benefits from being in New England at the same time as Jon Robinson.
RB: Rex Burkhead
People in Cincinnati love Burkhead and for good reason. He is a balanced running back that stole the show with the Bengals as their third running back.
In this offense he won’t see an increase in workload, but he should see a pay bump and be a solid depth player who keeps their running game strong even if one of the top 2 RBs get hurt.
WR: Alshon Jeffery
I know that there will be a lot of pushback here, but think about it rationally. He is a WR1 when healthy that dictates coverage and who can beat defenses at every part of the field.
Sure he has some issues, but he is also a 27 year old player who still has his prime ahead of him and who has never played with a good QB.
TE: Levine Toilolo
I want to put Jack Doyle here so badly because I liked him when he was with the Tennessee Titans early in his career, but Tom Gower is very smart and tweeted this yesterday.
And he is right, Fasano is not a move TE so why would his replacement be one? Toilolo is a good blocker who is only 26 and who should be cheap seeing as how he is getting phased out by cheaper option Austin Hooper.
OL: Larry Warford
The Tennessee Titans don’t need offensive linemen, but if you are putting me on the spot I would say that right guard is the spot they could upgrade. Warford is a great guard and he is slipping under the radar as guys like T.J. Lang and Kevin Zeitler are getting all the publicity.
Warford is only 26 and is primed to be a huge upgrade to someone’s offensive line at right guard. If no position is safe, then signing Warford to a cheap long-term deal could be a fascinating move.
DE: Calais Campbell
I mean, can you draw up a more perfect 3-4 DE that isn’t J.J. Watt. Campbell is a combination of dream consistency and dominance, averaging 7 sacks every year for the last 8 years.
I am not big for throwing money at a 3-4 DE, but if you get one of the best 3-4 DEs in history who is still bringing it ever year (2nd best year of his career as a pass rusher last year) then you have every right to break the bank.
NT: Johnathan Hankins
For a while it looked like Brandon Williams would slide into free agency without a lot of publicity, but the Baltimore Ravens have made it clear that they will be hard to outbid for Williams.
Hankins on the other hand is practically a lock to be on a different team next year as the New York Giants broke the bank to make Damon Harrison one of the highest paid interior defenders in the NFL. With all that money committed along the DL, I imagine they have to be prepared to lose Hankins even though he is an outstanding NT who is only 25.
EDGE: Connor Barwin
Alright, I am cheating a little here. Barwin isn’t an FA, but apparently the Philadelphia Eagles have been trying to move him with no success. So, I imagine that if he hits free agency he will be someone the Tennessee Titans look hard at.
He was dominant as a 3-4 EDGE rusher in the past, and his lack of production in the 4-3 (still had 5 sacks last year) may make him “plan B” for so many teams. That could be great for the Tennessee Titans if they get the jump on everyone else.
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ILB: Dont’a Hightower
I like Hightower, but I would be lying to you if I said his price tag doesn’t scare me. I think he will be great in the locker room and a talented player on the field, but lack of other options is going to make him expensive.
CB: Logan Ryan
Another player who has a history with Jon Robinson, Ryan was one of his pet projects when he was with the New England Patriots. I mean that in the most respectful way by the way, Robinson was infatuated with him and even used him as an example in what he would look for in a cornerback.
Ryan can line up all over the field, so that really helps heading into the draft where the Tennessee Titans can take a guy who can only line up outside because they know they have that flexibility.
Safety: Micah Hyde
Another young player with a lot of versatility. He has been used as a cornerback and a safety in his career and he is capable of covering slot receivers.
If the Tennessee Titans are looking to add someone who can start right away while also contributing on special teams, Hyde is a sneaky option.