An easy way for the Tennessee Titans to add proven talent.
Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson has been swapping picks for veteran players since before it was cool.
Remember when he added DeMarco Murray by moving down a few picks in the fourth round in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles? That small move down led to the Titans adding the AFC’s leading rusher for basically nothing.
So why did this happen? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Firstly, Philly made a coaching switch going from Chip Kelly to some guy named Doug Pederson.
Secondly, he really wasn’t what they had hoped he would be in his one year with the team mostly because of the scheme fit.
Thirdly, he had a large contract which didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things for the Titans, but for the Eagles the optics were just bad. If you have a player making a lot of money AND not preforming like you had hoped then you almost need to make a move even if you don’t get much out of it.
Since then, it seems like every year I notice more and more pick swaps with good teams landing veteran players from rebuilders. Last year the New England Patriots did it to great effect with Jason McCourty and Trent Brown.
SI did a great job quickly covering how this is still a trend going on in the league right now. So of course you know that with Jon Robinson’s history that I am going to write an article on the players that the Tennessee Titans should be targeting.
The key to this is knowing who to target. I think this has to be the criteria:
-Needs to be on a contract that expires next year.
-Probably on a mediocre or bad team, likely one that will struggle to make the playoffs.
-Other options are teams with a new HC because even if they are close they could still trade players like the Cleveland Browns have done with Emmanuel Ogbah.
I’m going to try to stay away from speculating on the price, this is more about the guys I would call if I was really trying to make a splash and add a player from a team that just needs to reset.