Which free agents should be on your watchlist.
Since the Baltimore Ravens just got embarrassed in the playoffs, Tennessee Titans fans can shift their focus from revenge and pettiness, to free agency.
With the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns playing soon, I thought that it would be a good time to highlight some free agents that Titans fans should be watching closely.
Now, some of the free agents that pop out the most are almost locks to be re-signed, so I am not going to include Andrew Wylie or Austin Reiter. With those names excluded, these are the players I would keep an eye on today.
1. Olivier Vernon, Browns #54 (injured)
Role: Starting EDGE
Alright…so Vernon isn’t going to play today since he is on I.R., but instead, you should watch how well the other EDGEs do on the other side of Myles Garrett. People talk about playing opposite a great EDGE like it makes everything easy, so pay attention and see whether Vernon’s great season was a product of Myles Garrett or if he deserves some credit of his own.
Vernon isn’t an EDGE that people talk about as one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL, but that is what he is. While he might not be someone who is going to explode and have a 15 sack season, Vernon’s value is in his high floor and not his low ceiling.
In the last 8 years, Vernon has only had one season with less than 6.5 sacks and he is coming off of a season where he finished with 9 sacks, 12 TFLs, 3 PBUs, a forced fumble, and a safety.
He wouldn’t revolutionize the Titans pass rush, but it would be nice to have a second player that could get to the quarterback.
2. Larry Ogunjobi, Browns #65
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Role: DL depth/rotational starter
The Titans might lose Daquan Jones this offseason and OTC has him valued as a player whose production warrants a new contract over $7 million per season. Meanwhile, Ogunjobi is several years younger and is going to make a few million less than Jones.
With the cap tight for everyone and with the 2021 NFL Draft being really light on defensive tackles, the Titans need to lock up one of these free-agent defensive linemen especially if they are going to continue using three defensive linemen in their starting defense.
3. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs #11
If the Titans decide to make a mistake and let Corey Davis walk, they are going to lose a starting receiver, but they are also losing their only “size” advantage at the position too. A.J. Brown plays bigger than he is and Adam Humphries (if he is back) is very small.
Robinson is 6’1 and he has been a good receiver for the Chiefs this season and he finally looks like his hands have improved to the point where he can be a quality rotational player.
Obviously, this isn’t someone that the Titans should break the bank for, but there is a good chance that the Titans are going to have to replace WR2, WR3, and WR4 this offseason, and Robinson is a solid option to battle a rookie for that third or fourth spot if he can get him on a good deal.