Breaking down a potential Jadeveon Clowney trade to Tennessee Titans
By Will Lomas
If the Tennessee Titans do make a move, what will it cost?
Justis Mosqueda is great at analyzing football on the macro and micro levels, so when he says he sees it as a one year rental similar to Sheldon Richardson, I agree with him.
The price is going to be a 2nd round pick and that may be too much for some people, but for the Titans it has to be very interesting. Sure, you are light on draft picks but with this trade you are almost guaranteeing that you aren’t going to go out and spend a lot in free agency this offseason.
That means that the players you lose in free agency will net you 2021 compensatory draft picks.
In fact, there is a chance that Dennis Kelly or Jack Conklin (if one is let go) could net you a 4th round pick based on how much OTs get paid. Guys like Wesley Woodyard, Logan Ryan, Ryan Tannehill, and Ben Jones could all also push for that 4th or 5th range based on some nice deals.
If you walk away from the offseason with two future 4th round picks and two future 5th round picks, you have plenty of capital down the line to keep your depth in tact down the line.
There is also another option. If the Titans are willing to ride this thing out and wait until after Week 4, Taylor Lewan will be back with the team. If the Texans don’t have any takers at that point then they will be significantly more desperate.
With Jack Conklin and Dennis Kelly both set to be free agents after this year, you could figure out which one of those guys you like the best and offer the other up in a trade to lower the draft pick you give up.
It isn’t ideal, but Tyler Marz has played OT in the NFL in games that the Titans have won and Kevin Pamphile has experience at OT if by some miracle Nate Davis is healthy and ready to take over the RG job at that point.
I wouldn’t just offer up Conklin and Kelly for anyone, but like I said if this is the missing piece that makes the Titans defense a top-3 unit in the NFL and helps them beat the Indianapolis Colts then what price is too high?
So ultimately these are the two packages that I think are fair:
A: 2nd round pick, possibly a Day 3 pick coming back to the Titans.
B: Dennis Kelly or Jack Conklin and a conditional 4th round pick that becomes a 3rd round pick if the Titans finish the season with a better record than the Texans.