5 Biggest Needs Tennessee Titans Have Yet to Address This Offseason
Pro Football Focus writer Sam Monson declared that the Tennessee Titans were among the early losers in free agency this year, but even if you don't like the signings they've made, the Titans have done a pretty good job addressing most of their needs.
The Titans have re-signed four of their own free agents and added five others, shoring up most of the weaknesses on the team in one way or another.
With that said, there are still some needs that they've yet to sort out. Here are Tennessee's six biggest remaining needs.
The Titans needing a pass-rusher isn't news to anyone. They haven't had a great edge-rusher in years.
Derrick Morgan is a great player, but he's no sack artist. While Jurrell Casey provides an interior pass rush, he was responsible for a much bigger share of the team's sacks than one player should be.
There are still a few desirable edge-rushers on the market. Jared Allen, Anthony Spencer and James Harrison all remain unsigned. However, all three are near or at the end of their careers and would probably not be worth what they'd cost.
Luckily for the Titans, they have a pretty early pick in the draft and one of Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr is likely to fall to them.
If not, then there are a number of talented pass-rushers they could grab in the second round as well.
This may not end up being a need if Blidi Wreh-Wilson plays up to the hype he got before the 2013 draft. Even so, with his progress as a player unknown, corner still has to be considered a need for Tennessee.
Alterraun Verner had been a solid player for the Titans his whole career, but he really took the next step in 2013 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Even if the Titans' young corners play beyond expectations in 2014, the group as a whole will almost certainly take a step back.
All of the quality corners on the market are gone by now, but both Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard are promising prospects that the Titans may consider with their first pick in the 2014 draft.
The Titans just released longtime kicker Rob Bironas on Wednesday, creating a new hole on the roster. Bironas's leg strength may have been diminishing, but he was still an above-average kicker and replacing him won't be easy.
The Titans cut Bironas to save money, so I can't see them spending more in free agency to replace him—especially when the only kickers on the market are not nearly as good as he is.
Instead, Maikon Bonani might get a shot. However, I'd be willing to bet that the Titans will look hard at kickers in the offseason and make signing one in undrafted free agency a priority after the draft is over.
4. Receiver Depth
The Titans are set at receiver as far as starters go. Between Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington, they have one of the best young receiver groups in the league.
However, other than those three, the only receiver on their roster who had any playing time last year is Michael Preston. Preston has potential, but with just those four, there's a serious lack of depth at the position.
An easy fix would be to re-sign one of the receivers that the Titans lost in free agency. Damian Williams or Marc Mariani both remain unsigned.
Of course, they could also spend a mid-round pick on a receiver in the draft. This year's draft class happens to be deep at receiver, so the Titans could find contributors in the fifth and sixth rounds.
5. Interior Offensive Line Depth
Another area where the Titans are lacking depth is the interior of the offensive line. In fact, other than additions from practice squads, the only interior offensive linemen that the Titans have on their roster at all are their starters.
Brian Schwenke has already had some injury trouble in his young career, so having a fairly capable backup for him is important.
There are plenty of players still out there who the Titans could sign for cheap, but Rob Turner, who started at the position for a time in 2013, would be a good acquisition. He's shown that he can play center somewhat adequately, and he can play guard as well.
If the Titans don't grab some interior linemen, they'll need to spend a late draft pick on one.
But with two of the three starting players in the interior going into only their second season in the league, it'd be preferable to have a veteran.
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