Looking ahead to the holes on the Tennessee Titans roster.
This is the offseason and every offseason is about building a roster both short and long term. The Tennessee Titans have done a great job at both, but what more can they do?
Obviously, the Tennessee Titans have done a great job setting the ground work for their future. In the last few drafts, the Tennessee Titans have managed to get quarterback, left tackle, right tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, and edge rusher on the roster.
These rookie contracts are great for the cap and they are the lifeblood of great team building. However, another key part of team building is keeping your own.
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The New England Patriots just did what they always do and they extended one of their starters (their center) before he was set to hit free agency.
Theoretically, a move like that keeps the cost low and it allows you to enter the season with one less need to evaluate for the following offseason.
The Tennessee Titans have a few contracts set to expire after this ear and they should look at these players as potential preseason extensions.
Ryan Succop K
The guy still has it. Succop has been nothing but nails since he has been with the Tennessee Titans, and maybe no other team in the NFL (aside from the Oakland Raiders) has a fondness for kickers and punters like the Titans.
While Succop is 30, age really doesn’t matter for kickers and he could easily play until he is 35. A five year extension would give the Titans Rob Bironas and Ryan Succop back to back for nearly two decades.
Quinton Spain LG
It took him a few games to start in 2015, but once he did he never looked back.
The Tennessee Titans finally have continuity on the offensive line and it is easy to forget that the longest tenured starter on that line behind Taylor Lewan is Spain.
At 26 (after this season) he will be one of the better young guards in the NFL and the league is hurting for great offensive line play so if the Titans don’t lock him up now they may have a tougher time doing it next spring.
Dennis Kelly OT
There should be a lot of offensive line deals this preseason. Spain and Kelly make sense, extending Taylor Lewan is another good idea and you could even add in the possibility of extending Josh Kline if they come away from the preseason unsure if Sebastian Tretola or Corey Levin can take over the right guard spot in a year.
However, Kelly is the most interesting of these deals. I could see them try to keep him for the preseason and trade him to the highest bidder given the huge vacuum of OT talent in the league.
If Brad Seaton develops into a swing tackle then this could get even more likely to happen. They are both massive guys that can play in 6 OL sets if you want to get physical.
However, if the Tennessee Titans love Kelly too much (which I could see) it wouldn’t be hard for me to see them throw mid-level starter money at Kelly even though he is their 3rd OT. They use him a ton for an OT3 (as a TE) and with Taylor Lewan’s penchant for drawing penalties, you would love to have a great backup tackle.