Could the Tennessee Titans trade for Terrell Suggs

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 23: Outside Linebacker Terrell Suggs
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 23: Outside Linebacker Terrell Suggs /

Should the Tennessee Titans look for another veteran pass rusher.

It may seem weird after years of hating the Baltimore Ravens, but Terrell Suggs may be a great 3rd rusher for the Tennessee Titans.

New Titans Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees has been with Suggs for the last 8 seasons, and it is fair to say that it was Pees who really figured out how to get the most out of Suggs. Look at this:

Before Pees: .52 sacks per game from age 21-27

With Pees: .65 sacks per year from age 28-35

Suggs was much better with Pees helping him as a linebacker coach and using him correctly as a DC, despite the fact that Suggs was about to turn 30 when he Pees first started coaching him.

So now the only question is does it make sense for both sides?

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Why would the Ravens do it?

The Ravens are in a cap nightmare right now and next year they have CJ Mosley hitting free agency as well as several holes they need to fill. They need to be looking at any possible avenue to free up cap space.

Suggs is a free agent next year and trading him would allow the Ravens to make a move before during the season so that they don’t have to resort to the tag or compete with other teams in free agents.

It isn’t like they are unprepared for Suggs to leave, in each of the last three seasons they have selected at least one pass rusher (2017: Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser, 2016: Kamalei Correa, 2015: Zadarius Smith) so they have plenty of depth at the position.

So now they get to move an older vet and free up some cap space/playing time, while also adding a resource. Win-win.

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  • Why would the Titans do it?

    The Titans first and foremost need more pass rush. Forget about the future for just a second, next year the 3rd EDGE on this team is Kevin Dodd. I get that the team is hoping that he has a big jump, but if he is the same guy he has been for his entire career, the Titans are in trouble.

    This is a playoff team and the need to be able to get to the QB in a league decided by passers. This would give the Titans a great rotation/part time starter.

    On top of that, Vrabel loved to find was to get Whitney Mercilus, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney in position to make plays on 3rd and long. Why not do that with Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan and Terrell Suggs.

    If the Titans do that, they have the chance to wait until the second round of the draft to take a pass rusher because at the very least there won’t be immediate pressure on him to be a top-3 guy.

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    This would let the Titans take someone like Hercules Mata’afa, Josh Sweat, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, or Lorenzo Carter in the 2nd round or even someone like Shaquem Griffin or Jeff Holland in the 3rd round.

    Currently Morgan, Orakpo and Suggs all played at least 820 snaps last year. For players in their 30s or heading that way quickly, a lighter workload should make them more effective and extend their careers.

    What is fair value?

    Jon Robinson isn’t going to give up a pick, but he loves to move down in the draft so that he keeps the same number of picks but gives up some value. I would suggest moving from the 4th round to the 6th round. That is the equivalent of a 5th round pick.