Do you want the good news first or the bad news? I've been one to take the bad first to help taper off my level of joy from the good news preemptively.
Though he has a very famous name, former Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher has not been the stalwart offensive lineman he's portrayed to be in his biographical movie and doesn't even protect the "blind side."
In truth, Oher has been far from a quality talent for some time now. In 2013, Oher drew a minus-12.6 grade from Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which would have been bad enough if he had not earned a minus-11.5, minus-6.7 and minus-7.7 in the three previous seasons.
With four consecutive mediocre seasons now on his resume, the Titans still paid him handsomely for his services over the next four years. There is an out, however, for the Titans that I'll let ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky explain:
Oher received a $4 million signing bonus with a guaranteed 2014 base salary of $2 million. Then $3.35 million of his 2015 base salary for 2015 is guaranteed only for injury.
So it's $6 million guaranteed now. With potential for $3.35 million more in 2015. If Oher is healthy, the Titans can get out of the deal after one season at a cost of $6 million with no further expense.
It's possible Oher could improve with a change of scenery, but at this point, it seems as though getting consistent quality play from him throughout the year would be an anomaly.
The Titans could have had their choice of offensive tackles in the deep draft, but chose to go the free-agent route after cutting long-time tackle Stewart, who has not finished with a negative PFF grade in the last seven years.
Verdict: Bad move