5 Still Unsigned Free Agents the Tennessee Titans Should Contact
When you've signed as many free agents as the Titans have this offseason, it's pretty hard to find some holes in the roster that still need filling.
The consensus on the Titans free-agent additions is that only the defensive line still could use some work—more specifically, at defensive end.
Sure, there have been plenty of changes made to the unit with the departure of Sen'Derrick Marks and the arrivals of Sammie Lee Hill, Ropati Pitoitua, Lavar Edwards and Antonio Johnson.
But the unit still lacks star quality.
The Titans are a team filled with young, promising talent. Any other free-agent additions to the roster would be for the sake of adding depth to an already competitive lineup.
With the pickings being pretty slim, it's time to delve into the free-agent market to see what players could help the Titans for the upcoming season.
John Abraham, DE
Abraham is an obvious option to say the least, given all the talk that's been made of the Titans attempting to sign him. Contract negotiations have come to a standstill, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
As stated on the previous slide, the Titans have made some additions to the team at defensive end but are still on the hunt for a pure pass-rusher.
Not one player on the Titans roster had more than 6.5 sacks in 2012. Abraham beat that total in the first seven weeks of the season.
If general manager Ruston Webster can get Abraham to agree that he's no longer a starting talent at age 35 and be more amenable to a team-friendly contract, the Titans roster makeover will be complete.
Corey McIntyre, FB
While the Titans may find it difficult to continue being one of the few teams to employ a fullback, they should at least be sure to get the best one available.
Corey McIntyre is a solid fullback capable of adding to the competition at the position. Quinn Johnson has finished with negative scores in run blocking each of the last two seasons on PFF.
The Titans intend to emphasize the run in 2013, and CJ2k and Shonn Greene need to run behind the best players available.
Richard Seymour, DT
At 6'6", 317 pounds, Richard Seymour fits the mold the Titans long sought after emphasis on big-bodied defensive linemen. Not only does he fit the team's prerequisites for size, but his on-field production puts him with the elites.
Seymour was tremendous during the first nine weeks of the season before suffering a hamstring injury. If the Titans are serious about employing the 3-4 defense from time-to-time, Seymour is a perfect fit at end as well.
There are not many players in the league capable of stuffing the run and collapsing the pocket from the interior, but Seymour is one of the few who can do both.
Eric Winston, OT
Michael Roos and David Stewart have made up one of the league's best offensive tackle duos since they were both drafted in 2005.
However, Stewart's level of play has tailed off a bit in the past few years, he finished with the seventh most penalties at the position, and he's coming off a broken leg.
Eric Winston is coming off a bit of a down year after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs last season,yet he still finished with a better rating than Stewart on PFF. Despite the strong score, especially among right tackles the Chiefs decided to release him anyway.
At the very least, the signing would breed more competition and bring out the best in Stewart. The battle between these two top-tackles, would put everyone on notice that they need to perform or management will find someone else.
Nick Barnett, LB
The Titans are in need of a backup linebacker capable of making plays in coverage when Akeem Ayers is being used as a down lineman or in obvious passing situations.
Ayers struggled mightily in coverage last season, and while he would be an improvement in coverage, Moise Fokou is far from a quality coverage backer.
At age 32, Nick Barnett would provide some quality veteran depth and could supply the coverage ability the team needs.