Tennessee Titans do not trade for Eli Apple


My thinking on something that seems like an imminent trade from the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson deserves all the faith or trust you can give a GM. However, I would really have trouble figuring out why he would trade for Eli Apple.

ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe suggested this as a move that makes sense for both sides in his latest article about potential Titans trade targets (which you should check out here). He says:

“Titans defensive-backs coach Kerry Coombs coached Apple at Ohio State, getting to know him well and shaping him into a first-round pick. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was also a defensive-line coach at OSU during Apple’s freshman year in which he redshirted. Titans cornerback Logan Ryan also has been a mentor and role model for Apple. The two went to Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J.”

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There is nothing wrong with that logic, but I think Wolfe undersold exactly what happened during his time in New York. The Giants former first round pick has had a lot of controversy surrounding him.

One thing people forget is that even thought the Giants drafted him in the first round, they struggled to find a spot for him on game days. He was the third corner all year and even then he was injured at times and outright benched other times.

This past year, no matter whose fault it really was the Giants chemistry quickly deteriorated ultimately culminating in this article when Apple and Landon Collins had a public issue with each other.

The issue even went as far as to lead Collins to call Apple a cancer, which he later apologized for.

Maybe the last notable Apple news in relation to the Giants was when they suspended him for the final game of the season. The interim GM said: “We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team

I think Apple has potential and obviously the NFL as a whole does too. While I didn’t think he was a 1st round CB, many on Twitter (and apparently in NFL offices) thought that he deserved to be drafted on Day 1 even if he was maybe drafted a little early.

However, one of the best things that Mike Mularkey did for this franchise was build or at least cultivate a healthy locker room chemistry after years of that not being the case.

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Maybe one guy wouldn’t make a difference, but if you are Mike Vrabel are you really going to risk that on someone who will probably be your third corner at best? I just don’t think the reward is worth the risk.

Now, could Adoree Jackson and Logan Ryan help get him back on track and could he turn it all around, yea maybe. I was a doubter in Apple for a long time but after all of this I really am rooting for him to turn it around and to have a really solid career in the NFL.

Like I said though, for the Titans who already have their starters at CB, is the reward worth the risk?