Titans could clean up in the 4th wave of free agency.
Fans were mad when the Tennessee Titans traded Jurrell Casey, but what if they could get a better defensive tackle for much cheaper?
Skyler Carlin of the NFL Analysis Network said this:
"As good as Short was before 2019, it is unclear what he’ll look like upon returning from a season-ending injury. In addition to that, it’s too early to tell if he’ll be a fit for new defensive coordinator Eric Snow’s defense. Lastly, the selection of Derrick Brown in the 2020 NFL Draft and Short’s massive $19.4 cap hit next season could prompt the Panthers to make him a cap casualty before the 2020 season."
That is absolutely true and something else that people need to keep in mind is that the Panthers are in a rebuilding year. In the 2020 NFL Draft, they spent every pick on defense trying to get younger and more athletic, and for that reason, you could see why a head coach with no connection to Short might come in and see a banged-up guy with a fat contract and decide to move on.
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Why would the Titans be interested?
The Tennessee Titans are changing the identity of their defense this year, even if it is just a little bit. During Mike Vrabel‘s lone season as a DC, his highest rated starter (according to PFF) was the 347 lb. D.J. Reader.
Reader was one of four defensive linemen on the roster to play more than 300 snaps, and that is important because it shows you that Vrabel likes to rotate defensive linemen. Right now if the Titans had to rotate four defensive tackles it would likely be Jeffery Simmons (great), Daquan Jones (very good), Larrell Murchison (?), and Isaiah Mack (alright).
However, if the Titans get a chance to sign Kawann Short they wouldn’t have to throw those young guys directly in the fire. On top of that, they would get one of the more disruptive defensive tackles in the last few years that can also hold his own vs the run.
Right now I think DT and WR are the positions most likely to be looked at until the start of training camp, with the obvious exception of Jadeveon Clowney.
So if you can get a DT like Short for cheap you probably make this defense much better and you get a guy who can do a little bit over everything and when healthy he can do it all really well.