Last-Minute Predictions for Tennessee Titans Free Agency
It's really come down to crunch time for the Tennessee Titans and some of the free agents they're currently chasing.
The Titans have had a somewhat productive free-agency period already, signing George Wilson while also re-signing some key players.
Now the Titans really are in search of a few more key pieces that could jump start this team back into 10-plus wins for the 2013 season.
Andy Levitre, Guard
This would be a blockbuster deal if the Titans can make it happen, and a report from Sports Illustraded's Peter King says that they're really going to heavily pursue Andy Levitre.
Levitre would instantly boost the pass-protection problems that have really stunted Jake Locker's progression.
The Titans have the cap space to sign Levitre to a long-term deal, and it's no secret that the interior offensive line is one of the biggest needs for the Titans this offseason.
Levitre would also be a major upgrade to the aging Steve Hutchinson.
Hopefully the Titans will come out on top and avoid a repeat from last offseason's push for Peyton Manning. If there's one safe bet at the Titans bringing in a big free agent, it's going to be Levitre.
Plan on Levitre ending up in a Titans uniform when it's all over with, and that will give the Titans more freedom to explore drafting mainly defensive players in the NFL draft.
Jared Cook, TE
If you're a Titans fan who loves Jared Cook, then things are looking pretty bleak right now.
Cook is going to test the open market despite the Titans wanting him back.
There will most likely be a team out there that will be willing to pay Cook more than the Titans can offer. Unless Cook has trouble finding a team that really wants him, then his time with the Titans is probably over.
That's bad news for a Titans offense that doesn't have a ton of dynamic weapons on it.
The Titans may need to explore either drafting a tight end or getting one for cheap in free agency. Craig Stevens is mainly a blocker, and Taylor Thompson still isn't ready to be a starter.
Martellus Bennett, TE
The tight end position will suddenly become a minor weak spot on the Titans roster if Jared Cook walks like it's fully expected he will.
Martellus Bennett would be a great replacement to say the least. However, the Titans will have to pay a decent amount to get Bennett, who is arguably the best tight end on the market.
If the Titans can clear up some more room after releasing a few more current players, then they could sign him to a short-term deal.
The Buccaneers are the other strong candidate for Bennett, but the Titans will stay active to get a replacement for Cook.
The Titans will win this bidding war and get a strong weapon added to the offense.
Javon Ringer, RB
It's really unfortunate that Javon Ringer couldn't manage to stay healthy during is short time with the Titans. He's a great downhill runner, but the Titans don't seem interested in re-signing him.
Ringer is still recovering from that nasty knee injury that ended his season against the Vikings. His knee problems have plagued him for his entire NFL career, so there's really no point in keeping him.
However, the Titans do need to add a running back to take the load off of Chris Johnson.
The draft would be the best way to fulfill this need. There are several promising prospects who will be available for the Titans in the middle rounds of the draft.
Will Witherspoon, LB
With all of the young talent that the Titans currently have at linebacker, there's really no point in re-signing the 32-year-old Will Witherspoon.
Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown are all progressing just fine to be the starters for years to come.
Witherspoon has been a solid player for the Titans over the past few years, but all good things eventually come to an end. Not re-signing Witherspoon will free up a little money to put toward their other free-agent signings.
Ryan Mouton, CB
There's really no reason for the Titans to hang on to Ryan Mouton any longer. They've got some strong talent at the position, with Tommie Campbell improving by the minute.
The Titans will let Mouton walk and go into next season with Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty as the starters once again. That is if the Titans don't sign a free-agent cornerback, which you shouldn't expect.
It's not a glaring weakness, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Titans to draft for some depth at the position, especially if Andy Levitre addresses a major need at offensive line.
Sen'Derrick Marks, DT
Sen'Derrick Marks is a guy that the Titans really don't want to lose, but Marks is actually getting a lot of attention on the open market, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
If the Titans are going to sign some of these other big free agents, then they simply can't afford to overpay for Marks. That's especially true considering that defensive tackle isn't a huge area of concern like so many other spots on the roster are at the moment.
Marks showed some promise with the Titans, but his time has come to an end with in Tennessee.