Why the Tennessee Titans should do it.
The Tennessee Titans defense is pretty well set up for the future. At nearly every position you have solidified starters and then a young guy or two behind them.
Just think about it, the defensive line has Jeffery Simmons, the linebackers have David Long, the safeties have Amani Hooker, but the only two groups that really lack starters and youth behind it are cornerback and EDGE.
Signing Clowney gives them a great pair of starters with unique skill sets to attack tackles in different ways. Behind Landry and Clowney, you could start looking at names like D’Andre Walker and Derick Roberson as the young depth you want.
Clowney’s unique blend of power and athleticism makes him appealing regardless of what front the new DC decides to run because he could fit into a DE role in a 3-4 just as easily as he could fit into an EDGE role in a 4-3.
While the former first overall pick has never had a true breakout year where he was a star, his best year came with Mike Vrabel was calling plays. We know that the Tennessee Titans LOVE to bring in guys that they have worked with in the past instead of trying to make a connection with someone they have no experience with.
If that trend holds up, then you know Mike Vrabel will be telling GM Jon Robinson that he can get more out of him than anyone else and the he is worth the kind of money he would ask for.
A subtle benefit is that this would allow the Titans to take advantage of the talent in this draft instead of forcing an EDGE in the first or second round.