1. Clay Matthews, OLB
Clay Matthews was once seen as one of the best linebackers in the league, and though the eleven-year veteran may have lost a bit of a step, after a pretty solid 2019 campaign, he’s worth at very least a phone call.
The Titans depth at the EDGE position has dwindled mightily over the last few weeks. First, they traded away the disgruntled Kamalei Correa to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and then they parted ways with the struggling Vic Beasley. Now, Jadeveon Clowney is dealing with a knee injury that could (and likely will) linger all year long.
That leaves Harold Landry and Derick Roberson as the only healthy outside linebackers on the roster, while they also have Tuzar Skipper and Wyatt Ray on the practice squad.
At 34-years old, Clay Matthews isn’t what he once was, but he did rack up eight sacks last season as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, his most since picking up 11 sacks in 2014.
Matthews did state in September that he was open to playing as long as the situation is right, and honestly, this may be that situation.
It’s hard to imagine that Matthews, the nephew of Oilers/Titans Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, would perform much worse than those who have played on the edge for the Titans this season, and he can at very least be a rotational pass rusher for the team.
Based on the $2M that the Rams owe him this season that would be offset by any deal that he signs, Matthews most likely would only cost the Titans around $2M this season, so despite the amount of money that they’ve spent on the position already this season on just Clowney and Beasley alone, they could still theoretically bring him in the fold.