Which one offensive player could send the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: NFL player Mike Evans attends 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: NFL player Mike Evans attends 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Which player not o the Tennessee Titans would be worth giving up a ransom for?

Is there a way that the Tennessee Titans could make a move and end up on their way to the Super Bowl a year early?

NBA and NHL free agency are upon us and there are potential seismic shifts shaping up all over the place. The LA Lakers may get the best player to ever pick up a basketball and Boston may get John Tavares.

One one hand this is discouraging because this just doesn’t happen in the NFL. On the other hand, if you look at the trade tsunami from this offseason, maybe the NFL is becoming more like those other leagues.

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So while stars rarely hit free agency, what sort of trade could be made to bring in a true, elite-level game changer.

I’m not talking about quarterbacks because honestly that would be boring and everyone in the world talks about the lists of best quarterbacks in the NFL.

No, I want to try to figure out what player compliments this offense, this coaching staff and this city the best.

There are several targets that make sense.

Antonio Brown would be a great addition, but he is about to turn 30 in a few weeks and while he may still be great for five years I don’t want to make this colossal move for someone that old.

A.J. Green makes sense because he is a long, deep threat that makes plays with the ball in the air. However again nearly 30 years old so I am going to pass for this exercise.

Odell Beckham Jr. is a great target, but man injuries like he had scare me. Of course he would be the move if he was healthy in 2018 and showed no side effects.

Michael Thomas is a sneaky one at wide receiver, but I don’t think he has done quite enough yet and he gets to play with Drew Brees which makes a lot of people look like stars.

Rob Gronkowski and Delanie Walker would be the best TE tandem in NFL history and it would make Tennessee a nightmare to defend schematically. Age really wouldn’t be a factor either because tight ends really age gracefully if you look at recent history. But, the injuries kinda keep me away from a potential blockbuster deal.

Zack Martin and David Decastro are the best interior linemen in the NFL for my money, and while I love what they do and I would give up a lot to have them, guard play rarely moves the needle in terms of wins despite the contracts they are getting now.

Maybe kick Jack Conklin into guard and bring in Lane Johnson? No disrespect to Conklin and in fact you could pencil in Johnson at guard with the point being that now you have three Pro Bowl+ caliber OTs that can all get on the field at the same time making the Titans the best OL in the NFL.

If the Titans win the Super Bowl as they are now, I still think they would have the best tackle pairing of any championship team in a LONG time.

So maybe running back? Le’veon Bell, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, and Kareem Hunt all make sense given their ability. Still, I don’t think this RB tandem is bad at all.

To me, the answer had to be:

Mike Evans WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Evans has made a career off of making his quarterbacks look good. Honestly it doesn’t get enough attention because of what OBJ is doing in New York with Eli Manning, but Evans has been the only thing keeping that Bucs team watchable.

Evans has topped 1,000 yards every year since entering the NFL despite playing in the NFC South where there are three playoff caliber teams.

He is exactly how you would draw up a WR too, 6’5, 230 lb. and aggressive as hell with the ball in the air. He, Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews would be the best WR trio in the NFL if this were to happen.

Evans averages 8 TDs a year, in fact if he were on the Titans roster he would already be tied for 7th in terms of career receiving TDs by a receiver. And he is only 24 years old!

The Titans could trade for him and sign him to a 6 year deal and when it finished he would still be younger than Antonio Brown and A.J. Green are right now. That should give you a great reference point on why I picked him over them.

So, if I was going to break the bank for one offensive player that I thought was going to help take this team to the Super Bowl, Evans would be my pick.