Adam Caplan of The Sideline View has reported that the Tennessee Titans are hosting Saints restricted free agent LB Jonathan Casillas. Since he was tendered at the lowest level, the Titans would owe nothing in compensation to the Saints.
What need could Casillas fill for the Titans?
Well, one thing it could mean is that the Titans don't think they will be in position to take a future starting weakside linebacker in this year's draft. Casillas only has been in the league for three years, so he provides an interesting blend of youth and experience.
Will Witherspoon has been very solid the past few years, but he is getting long in the tooth, and I don't think his replacement is on the roster. Casillas could spend the offseason and the preseason games adjusting to a starting role.
Now, that doesn't mean he would start on opening day. He needs reps with the starting unit so that the Titans coaching staff can see how he does playing with them and if he has the potential to start.
Witherspoon is a solid veteran that doesn't need preseason reps. In fact, him taking those first four games off may be better for his body. He can rest and heal up while the young gun gets some real-time reps. Win-win.
Here is a bold statement: Casillas coming to Tennessee may herald the move to make Tommie Campbell the team's nickelback. Casillas can take Campbell's spot on special teams. Cortland Finnegan's starting CB role could be given to current Titan Alterraun Verner.
With ATV at corner, that leaves a void in the nickelback slot (I know Finnegan played that position officially, but Verner was the third CB on the field) that Campbell could fill. Using his speed, size and physicality, Campbell could be an effective blitzer and cover-man lining up in the slot or against bigger joker TEs. Another win-win situation.
In the end, Casillas could end up either improving the CB spot or the LB group. Both areas are needs that would have been about the fourth- and fifth-ranked hole in the Titans team. With less needs, the Titans can focus more on the best player available and filling the team with depth.
So what do you think Titans fans? Are you for or against bringing him in?
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