The Tennessee Titans have finished with a winning record in each of the past three seasons, but they still haven’t had a breakthrough season with Marcus Mariota at quarterback.
Perhaps that’s because the Titans are an offensive player away from being a true threat to make some noise in the AFC.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has provided a lot of drama this winter for a player not on a playoff team, could be the missing piece for the Titans.
Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, and he doesn’t necessarily care where he ends up. The star wide receiver, who turns 31 this summer, told reporters this week that he just wants to win and it doesn’t matter where.
— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) February 1, 2019
A few weeks ago, it was reported by CBS Sports that Pittsburgh would need at least a first round pick in a deal for Brown.
I think that at that price point (and I’m sure it’ll go up a bit), the Titans should leap at the chance to to acquire Brown.
There’s a reasonable chance that Tennessee selects a wide receiver in the first round (though a pass rusher or an offensive lineman is more likely). If the Titans take a wide receiver, they’re not going to get someone who will give them the guaranteed production that Brown would.
Even if the Titans have to throw in a fourth or fifth round pick (they don’t have sixth round pick, which was surrendered before the 2018 season in a deal for Kamalei Correa), it would still be a deal worth making.
Using a first round pick to land one of the top wide receivers in the NFL for the next three years would be an incredible value.
Is Brown expensive? Of course he is. He’d tie up nearly $60 million of cap space over the next three years. But he’s worth it. And Mariota, especially entering a contract year, needs an elite offensive weapon on offense.
What better way to figure out if Mariota is “the guy” then to pair him with Brown? If Mariota can’t get the job done with one of the best players in the league (assuming Mariota can mostly stay healthy), then he’s clearly never going to get it done.
And if Mariota fails, the Titans still have two more years of Brown to pair with a new quarterback.
I think the Titans need to be bold this off-season. Mike Vrabel showed a lot of promise as a rookie head coach in 2018. They’re on the cusp of being a really, really good team.
Antonio Brown could put the Titans over the top in 2019. If the Steelers aren’t able to diffuse what has turned into a nightmarish situation in Pittsburgh, then Jon Robinson needs to pounce and put Brown in a two-tone blue jersey next season.
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