The Titans biggest need might come at defensive end. The Titans have missed having a top notch pass rush the past two seasons. Last season, the Titans were able to get creative behind defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ blitz packages however struggled to put together sustainable pressure.
While Harold Landry is a promising player entering his third year, he cannot be the entire pass rush for the Titans. Correa filled in well late in the season for the Titans but is currently a free agent and Wake was cut by the Titans.
The Titans can go a few different directions here. In recent years, the team has opted to go with veterans on short contracts and rookies to fill the EDGE rusher and defensive end positions. While the team can still go that route and try to bring in Clay Matthews or Michael Bennett, I think it’s time the team make a big splash and bring in a big named free agent at the position.
With the extra cap space the team created, the Titans should go after Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is one of the league’s best pass rushers and single-handedly carried a weak Seahawks defense last season.
While Clowney started his career with the Texans as second-fiddle to J.J. Watt, Clowney was traded under the franchise tag to the Seahawks. Clowney racked up 13 QB hits and seven tackles for loss in eleven starts. The issue with Clowney has always been his health.
Clowney has played one full season in his career since he entered the league in 2014 as the first overall pick. Clowney is arguably a better run stopper than pass rusher but he instantly becomes the biggest wrecking force on the defensive front.
The Titans have enough firepower on offense to compete with anyone in the league. The team has depth at the position, but they now need a playmaker in the front seven to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Bringing in Clowney is a worthwhile investment to do that.
If the Titans want to follow a more inexpensive route, Markus Golden from the Giants is still available. He might be a steal of free agency if the Titans can bring him in on the right contract.