Only 3 ways the Tennessee Titans should use their new money
By Will Lomas
Plan B: Trade for a big player
I think that we can rule out Yannick Ngakoue to the Titans in a trade because the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t want to see him twice a year, and they definitely don’t want to see him twice a year on the same days that they have to see Derrick Henry.
So then who are some big name players who could be traded?
One is Derek Barnett. The former first round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles played his college ball in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee where he broke Reggie White‘s sack record.
Being born in Nashville, Barnett would be an easy sell to a Titans fan base who just lose Jurrell Casey and at just 24 years old you have to like his upside.
If the Eagles are trading for Yannick Ngakoue, they are going to have to give up an EDGE somewhere and I don’t think it would be too hard to convince them to move on from Barnett who has had some injury concerns.
After coming in as a rotational player early before winning the Super Bowl in his rookie year, Barnett has started the last two seasons when healthy. In those 20 games he has 9 sacks and 15 TFLs.
So, a 16-game regular season at that clip would end up being roughly 8 sacks and 12 TFLs.
If the Titans were able to get him for a Day 3 pick or in a player swap, they could have their base end (he weighs 260 lb.) to play on 1st and 2nd down before kicking inside to play DT next to Vic Beasley.
Another name to look out for is Brandin Cooks, the speedy WR from the L.A. Rams.
Now, his cap hit is atrocious and the Titans definitely won’t make a deal for that entire contract. However, if the receiver will re-work a deal or if the Rams can take some of that money on themselves somehow then I could see a deal being worked out for the same pick that the Titans gave up for Casey.
Well, maybe that is too optimistic given his outstanding production. But, I still don’t think it would take a top-100 pick unless the Rams were willing to eat A LOT of that contract.
Still, he is exactly what the Titans need at receiver:
-26 years old
-Played in 78 of his last 80 games
-Averaged 1,150 yards and 8 TDs from 2015-2018
Now all they need is for the Rams to make that contract enticing.