5 Available Free Agents Still Within Tennessee Titans' Reach
The big free-agency splashes are basically done with, but there's still time for a few additions to happen that could make an impact in 2014.
The Tennessee Titans have not been shy in free agency this offseason, focusing on both sides of the ball to help end a playoff drought that has reached five seasons.
The draft is less than a month away, so any remaining free-agency additions will clear up the picture on what direction the Titans will go in the draft.
Here are five free agents that the Titans could make a run at to tie up some loose ends on their roster.
Earl Bennett, WR
The Titans are still in need of another wide receiver to help fill the void that Kenny Britt left behind, even if he was basically a nonfactor in 2014. It's still important that the Titans find a reliable option to go along with Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington.
Damian Williams will also not be returning to the Titans, so there's room to add another piece with those departures.
Earl Bennett had a respectable six years with the Chicago Bears, catching 12 touchdowns and going for more than 2,200 yards.
The Titans don't need a No. 1 receiver or even a No. 2. They just need a veteran presence who can step in and make an impact from time to time. Bennett would fit that mold and make sense for the right price.
Bringing in a smart veteran like Bennett would give Jake Locker yet another solid weapon at his disposal.
It's worth mentioning that Bennett played his college ball just down the road at Vanderbilt.
Jermichael Finley, TE
Jermichael Finely fell on hard times due to injury, but he still holds value in the NFL as a pass-catching tight end who can take over games.
The Titans need to find some help for Delanie Walker at tight end and once again find plenty of weapons for Jake Locker.
The only way this addition would work is if the deal was short-term due to Finley's healthy history. However, it could end up being a home run if he returns to his old form. He could give the Titans a huge, athletic target to make their offense very challenging to stop.
This deal is far-fetched, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. The Titans do have an offensive-minded head coach in Ken Whisenhunt.
Ryan Pickett, DT
The Titans could use some more depth at defensive tackle while transitioning to a 3-4 hybrid defense in 2014, and upgrading their ability to stop the run should be a priority. They ranked just 20th in the NFL in stopping the run last season, giving up more than 112 rushing yards per game.
Jurrell Casey figures to be a stud on this defense for years to come, but the position has some questions marks after him.
Ryan Pickett is a 34-year-old veteran whom the Titans could maybe bring in on a one-year deal to help beef up the defensive line.
This low-risk move would be a nice way for the Titans to close out free agency and prep for the upcoming draft.
Kyle Cook, C
The Titans had no faith in the centers from 2013 who lined up behind Brian Schwenke: Rob Turner, Chris Spencer and Kevin Matthews.
Surprisingly the Titans recently re-signed Spencer, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
The #Titans have agreed to terms with OL Chris Spencer
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) April 2, 2014
Even with this addition, the Titans should remain aggressive in finding a better backup to Schwenke.
The Cincinnati Bengals released longtime starting center Kyle Cook in early March, and the veteran still remains on the market. He would be a better backup option than Spencer and would in no way push Schwenke for a starting job.
Cook would bring depth to an underrated position on the field, and the Titans have struggled to find stability at center since the departure of Kevin Mawae several years ago.
Ronald Talley, DE
The majority of names remaining on the market are not going to jump off the page, and defensive end Ronald Talley is one of them.
However, this is a good time for teams to add some depth and competition on the back end of their rosters. For the Titans, adding another defensive end for a cheap deal would be a good idea.
Talley is an undrafted free agent who would bring friendly competition to defensive end and possibly battle for a roster spot in training camp. He's already been hosted by the Titans, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) April 10, 2014
Talley didn't get much playing time in his three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, recording just one sack.
The Titans have worked to add firepower to the pass rush, and it's always beneficial to add friendly competition.
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