There are many ways to find the right players to compete for the Tennessee Titans next season. One of them is looking at the CFL for potential useful talent. That is where CB Ed Gainey steps in.
It is always great to get creative when filling out a roster. One of the more exciting ways to do it is poaching players from the Canadian Football League. It was no secret that most of last offseason the Titans were expected to be aggressive in signing a cornerback. They did bring in Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson, both of whom had decent seasons. In all honesty, the Titans secondary played above their heads in 2017 and can still use some improvements.
The easy way would be to sign an established cornerback or draft someone. The low-risk, high-reward option is to take a chance on Ed Gainey of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 27-year-old defensive back out of Appalachian State was not drafted and has played his whole career in the CFL. Granted, the CFL plays a bit of a different game than the NFL, but his skills can translate.
According to the CFL, Gainey had 10 interceptions in 2017. That led the CFL in interceptions on the season. There was even one game in 2017 where Gainey had four interceptions in one single game. This playmaking ability would be great to add to the Tennessee Titans defense. The season Gainey had made him a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career. It was surely a breakout season for the defensive back.
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Does it make sense?
The short answer: Why not? When players are in the CFL, they would gladly take a chance at playing in the NFL. Gainey can probably also be had for a reasonable price. Getting a quality player for a reasonable price is the name of the game in football. Gainey is not the sexy option for fans to be interested in, but he is a solid player that might be able to realize his true potential in Tennessee.
At the end of the day, GM Jon Robinson needs to look for talent in any way possible. Getting creative with a guy like Gainey is the type of move that would–if it goes right–make the Titans GM look like a genius. If it goes wrong, no one will remember the name Ed Gainey at the end of the season. He is worth a look and the Titans could uncover a diamond in the rough.