ESPN predicts a major Titans trade before training camp starts

Would this be the right move?
Tennessee Titans, Treylon Burks
Tennessee Titans, Treylon Burks / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason, one of the more popular storylines of the Tennessee Titans has been the conundrum with former first-round pick Treylon Burks. The Arkansas product has yet to live up to his draft billing, and the Titans appear to have turned their attention in other directions at the receiver position.

If ESPN's Aaron Schatz has anything to say about the Burks matter, fans might want to get ready to see the former first rounder shipped off in the coming weeks:

"It's clear that Burks has worn out his welcome in Tennessee after two disappointing seasons. The former first-round pick had just 16 receptions for 221 yards last season with no touchdowns, and coaches are talking about Burks needing to play special teams to solidify his roster spot.

"He's probably fifth on the depth chart at this point, so it would behoove the Titans to send him to another team, get him a fresh start and bring in some draft capital to use in 2025."

Trading Treylon Burks is a lose-lose situation for the Titans

Look, the Titans have shown they've moved on from Burks without even saying so. You don't sign Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd to play alongside DeAndre Hopkins if you still have any semblance of belief in a former first-round pick like Burks.

Trading Burks means the team is giving up on a guy they spent some serious draft capital on; capital that could have been spent elsewhere. Instead, they wasted a first-round pick, one way or another.

Even if Burks went on to another team and broke out, he still wouldn't be wearing a Titans uniform. Tennessee still loses, although it would be a positive for Burks to see him revitalize his career after such a tough start.

At this stage, I highly doubt Tennessee could get more than a fourth-round pick for Burks -- and that might be a pipe dream. Whatever they did get back in return, it wouldn't come close to making up for the pick spent on him three years ago.

Fans are going to have to come to grips with Burks being a wasted pick, like it or not. We can try and buy into any small bit of hope or buzz surrounding Burks (all in-house), but in the end, the likely scenario is that he winds up in another uniform.