Long term needs
You know which position is expensive to add in free agency? EDGE.
However, the Titans were on the verge of having Harold Landry, Sharif Finch, Derick Roberson, and DeAndre Walker on the roster for a combined $3.5 million in 2020.
Not only do you get four players with good upside who can do different things, but you get them all incredibly cheap. In fact, if the plan was to cut Cameron Wake and then draft an EDGE on Day 1 or 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, they would basically wash out meaning you essentially get five EDGEs for what you save by making that cut.
For a team that is going to have to make some tough decisions in free agency, it sure would be nice if the Titans could have found a way to use one of their better EDGEs instead of adding another item to their 2020 shopping list.
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The move that ultimately led to Finch being cut was bringing up Dalyn Dawkins to give the team enough RBs to get by on Sunday while resting Derrick Henry. However, guys like Matt Dickerson, Kevin Pamphile, Joey Ivie, and Nigel Harris all made the roster despite being non-factors or players likely to be cut again.
Tennessee can still fix this and bring him back if they want to, but like the Corey Levin cut this just looks like a move that was made because of a coaching decision rather than talent or anything we have seen on the field.
Jon Robinson gets control of the 53-man roster, but Mike Vrabel has final say on who is active. But if Vrabel tells Robinson that he is never going to play Finch, then it becomes a battle of which one of them is more willing to hurt the team to establish control and to this point that battle has gone to Mike Vrabel.
Its a small issue to talk about and I know that it isn’t exciting to talk about why cutting the team’s backup, backup EDGE is a bad decision. But this is the second time this season that this has happened and at some point it is decisions like this that will be the difference in between key wins and losses and that needs to be addressed.