Could the Tennessee Titans still have Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan on the roster in 2019?
For a lot of the 2018 NFL offseason, I thought the Tennessee Titans desperately had to work to sign or draft talent at EDGE.
A big part of this is because the Titans have had a talented pass rush tandem for the past few years in Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, but they will both be free agents over 30 years old by the time their contracts expire.
The Titans made the move to steal Harold Landry in the 2018 NFL Draft which really helps this situation, but it isn’t really that hard to imagine a world where all three come back in 2019 to make this one of the more potent three man rotations at EDGE.
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Looking over the past 5 or so years the average deal for a 30+ pass rusher costs $0.86 million per sack.
The average length is 2 years, but Morgan is just about to turn 30 in January so I am going to give him an extra year.
Derrick Morgan: 3 years, $19 million
Brian Orakpo: 2 years, $12 million
Those contracts are not terrible and it makes a lot of sense to really push hard for those deals. That way you get three pro bowl EDGEs for less than $15 million per year. That is a huge thing to be able to do.
I am not advocating cutting anyone either, but if the Taylor Lewan and Marcus Mariota deals are more expensive than we all think, there are some cuts you could make after this year to make some cap room.
Either way, if the Titans want to keep those two pass rushers before you have to pay Harold Landry (who you hope is worth breaking the bank for) then it is definitely doable with most of the Titans need settled long term and with plenty of cap room to spare.