NFL Free Agency: Mike Sims-Walker Could Payoff Big for Tennessee Titans

Chase SummersCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs after making a reception during the game against the Washington Redskins at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, could it be? Yes, the NFL lockout is almost over and that means free agency will begin shortly. The Tennessee Titans have many needs going into this period, but one that has been overlooked is wide receiver. With their number one guy, Kenny Britt, facing possible suspension and having little proven talent behind him, I think it is time for the Titans to pull the trigger on a free agent wideout. There are many choices, but I believe Mike Sims-Walker would be the best fit for this much maligned team.

For one, his great physical attributes at 6'2'' 214 pounds allow Sims-Walker to go up and make catches in the red zone. To compliment this he has blazing speed, as evidenced by his 4.35 forty yard dash time at the NFL combine in 2007. He is also very young, at just twenty-six, and could provide a dynamic duo with Kenny Britt for years to come.

I know some may say that you can't always splurge on someone simply because they have talent. Sims-Walker may want a lot of money and as Dan Snyder has proven, spending a lot of money on big name guys in free agency isn't always smart in the NFL.

However, I feel that in this situation it would be a smart move. The Titans just drafted Jake Locker and while he has talent, he is raw. Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson, and maybe Jared Cook will give him some good offensive weapons, but he undoubtedly needs a solid second receiver.

I feel Mike Sims-Walker would fulfill that role more effectively than anyone else on the Titans roster. Nate Washington has too many drops, Damien Williams is unproven and looks more like a slot guy, and Justin Gage is old and ineffective. Free agency is the only way to go and Sims-Walker is the best available option for their particular needs.

Sidney Rice and Plaxico Burress are also solid guys available, but Rice is more of a household name than Sims-Walker and may demand more money. As for Burress, he is old and has spent two years away from the game. I would rather have a young guy who can play for years to come than a washed up, out of shape veteran like Burress.

Snagging Mike Sims-Walker in free agency isn't a move the Titans have to make, but it would help a lot and show the league that they are serious about becoming better.