The Tennessee Titans have reportedly called the Miami Dolphins about running back Kenyan Drake.
With the trade deadline approaching in less than two weeks, one name the Tennessee Titans reportedly have some interest in is Miami Dolphins running back, Kenyan Drake.
On Thursday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport shared the report that the Dolphins are willing to deal Drake for “the right offer”.
According to Neal Driscoll of Pro Football Network, the Titans, along with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have reportedly spoken to the Dolphins about Drake.
While the Titans certainly have bigger fish to fry on offense, a move for Drake still makes sense. The Titans desperately need a pass-catching back who can make an impact, as Dion Lewis has produced nothing this season.
Drake would be an instant upgrade for the Titans in that regard and a great 1-2 punch when paired with Derrick Henry, who is Drake’s former college teammate at Alabama. Also, Drake has familiarity with Ryan Tannehill when the pair played together in Miami.
However, there are some issues with making such a deal.
First and foremost, the Titans would have to give up draft capital to obtain Drake, which would likely come in the form of a mid-round pick. On top of that, Drake is in the final year of his rookie deal, thus an extension would be necessary to avoid him being just a rental.
Should the Titans go ahead and make this move and sign Drake to an extension, that would likely mean the end for Lewis. The Titans do have an out in Lewis’ contract in 2020, so the team could certainly move on from him.
There will also be uncertainty with Henry following the 2019 campaign. Henry is in the final year of his rookie deal and the Titans may not want to spend the money to bring Henry back.
Granted, Drake isn’t exactly a three-down back, so if Henry doesn’t return the Titans would still need to add a more traditional runner for early-down work. From there, Drake could handle some of the carry workload and all of the passing-down opportunities.
Tennessee will have until October 29th to decide if trading for Drake is a move they wan’t to make.