The Tennessee Titans have done a great job adding depth on defense this offseason, but the offense has gotten shockingly little attention.
Between free agency and RFA tenders, the Tennessee Titans only have four deals in place for offensive “starters”: Andre Dillard, Daniel Brunskill, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Aaron Brewer.
Dillard and Brunskill could start for most of the offensive lines in the NFL and they should anchor two of the line spots this season. Everyone should be optimistic about those moves and both guys should step in and be two of the best offensive linemen that the team has had in recent seasons.
However, Aaron Brewer really threw away his chance last year and his poor play should have relegated him back to being considered a solid backup interior offensive lineman. Likewise, NWI just doesn’t do…anything. He is a solid blocker, but he doesn’t create separation and he doesn’t gain yards after the catch.
Hopefully, the offense gets much more attention during the 2023 NFL Draft, but there is still time left in free agency. These three familiar faces make a lot of sense to bring back for 2023.
3 cheap free agent fixes for the Tennessee Titans
Ran Carthon brought up the idea of re-signing some of their own free agents at this point in the process. This is the time in the offseason when a lot of 1-year deals are made based on the belief that it is a good value for the team and an opportunity for a veteran to get into camp and get a leg up on the position battles that will happen in training camp.
By their own admission, the Tennessee Titans are in the business of creating a culture of competition and these guys could compete for a job immediately.
Corey Levin, C/G
Raise your hand if you were one of the top-3 pass blocking centers in the NFL last year! Unless your name is Jason Kelce, Corey Linsley, or Corey Levin, your hands should be resting comfortably by your side.
When Levin was put in the game he was one of the best centers in the NFL both working in space and in pass protection, which makes sense considering he is actually a very good athlete (and 20+ pounds heavier than Aaron Brewer).
MyCole Pruitt, TE
While Pruitt played for the Atlanta Falcons last season, he is first and foremost a former Titans player in my mind.
Pruitt is one of the most underrated tight ends in the NFL. He is never going to jump off of the page for his production, but if you want an inline tight end who can block and who can get open and make tough catches in the redzone, he is your guy.
Since the Titans already have their dynamic TE1 in Chig Okonkwo, having Pruitt would round out the tight end room nicely.
Dontrell Hilliard, RB
Hilliard went on I.R. towards the end of the season with a neck injury, and hopefully, that is something that was properly rehabbed and he is feeling better now. If so, the Tennessee Titans could use his pass-catching ability in the backfield.
Until the Titans prove that they are moving into the 21st century on offense, I won’t believe it. I like Hassan Haskins, but if Derrick Henry goes down then Tennessee is going to need to quickly shift to a committee approach at running back. If it comes to that, the Titans could try to bring back the offense that they used when Henry went down in 2021 with Haskins playing the D’Onta Foreman role and Hilliard being…well, Hilliard.