With over $40 million in salary cap space entering the off-season, the Tennessee Titans should be fairly active in free agency.
Of course, that’s not exactly a massive revelation. General manager Jon Robinson has been very active during his previous three off-seasons in Nashville.
One position that Tennessee is expected to address this off-season is at pass rusher. The departures of Brian Orakpo (retirement) and Derrick Morgan (free agent), combined with the youth of 2018 second round draft pick Harold Landry, means it’s very like that Robinson signs an edge rusher.
Pro Football Focus seems to agree, as they’re predicting that Tennessee will sign pass rusher Trey Flowers this off-season.
Trey Flowers to the Tennessee Titans?
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 18, 2019
Robinson, a former Patriots scout/director of scouting, hasn’t shied away from signing former New England players during his time in Tennessee.
Under Robinson, the Titans have signed former Patriots Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis (and hired Mike Vrabel as head coach and Dean Pees as defensive coordinator).
Flowers, who will turn 26 in August, has averaged seven sacks a season over the last three years (he missed nearly all of his rookie season with a shoulder injury).
I think signing Flowers would be obviously be a great move by the Titans. He’s clearly a talented player and he’s entering the prime of his career.
Flowers, however, will likely command a large contract. He was PFF’s third highest graded edge rusher in the NFL last season.
Trey Flowers was the third highest-graded edge defender in the NFL last season pic.twitter.com/bx6diDdv8c
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 13, 2019
I think giving Flowers a lucrative contract is probably worth it for the Titans. There are three positions I believe are always worth paying for in the NFL — quarterback, cornerback and edge rusher. If a team can’t get after the quarterback, they aren’t going to go very far.
Flowers makes a lot of sense for the Titans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this move happen (assuming the Patriots don’t place the franchise tag on him).
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