Tennessee Titans expected to look the same until after OTAs
By Will Lomas
Don’t expect much to change over the next few weeks for the Tennessee Titans.
For Tennessee Titans fans expecting for an interesting addition soon, get ready for the disappointment.
According to the most recent “Ask Jim” mailbag with Jim Wyatt, it looks like the roster is set for the short term. When asked about potential free agent signings still to come, he had this to say:
"“I suspect the GM is exploring options and he has his antenna up for guys who could also become available. But this is the time of year he wants to see how guys fare in OTAs, and determine where the team still might need help. I have a hunch he’ll let guys compete first.”"
The first wave of offseason conditioning and practices starts tomorrow. That schedule looks like this:
May 20-21 (Monday-Tuesday)
May 23 (Thursday)
May 28 (Tuesday)
May 30-31 (Thursday-Friday)
June 3-6 (Monday-Thursday)
So if there is an addition it will probably be late in that process or between the OTAs and mandatory minicamp on June 11-13.
The way the response is phrased, it does sound like any possible addition before that would have to be a player who was released by a team. The Spotrac Twitter account posted a tweet a few days ago, listing the player most likely to be cut or traded this offseason:
Since then, it seems like Rudolph may be getting an extension to lower his cost rather than getting cut and Darron Lee has actually been traded.
So this list does seem to have credibility in the sense that teams are not excited about having those players on those rosters at that cost.
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Gerald McCoy is the biggest name obviously given the Titans need for an upgrade at DT while Jeffery Simmons waits and heals. He doesn’t play the 1-tech like Simmons or Suh, but he could be a great sub package pass rusher or a rotational player to give Jurrell Casey a break.
Vic Beasley is a big name who hasn’t been able to get close to his 2016 production in the following years, but he would give the Titans a player with upfield ability as a pass rusher opposite Harold Landry.
The sleeper player on this list is Vernon Butler from Carolina. He has graded out really well as a run defender the last two years in limited snaps, and could fill a role with the Titans that they need in that 1-tech pure run stuffer.
If I had to guess any player that the Titans would jump on as a cut/trade, it would be buying low on Butler as a bridge player that doesn’t affect the Titans long-term plans. Even then, that may be a move that comes in July not May.