2019 is a prove it year for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is entering the final season of his contract.
The Titans need to see Mariota prove that he’s a franchise quarterback this upcoming season if they’re going to give him a longterm contract.
But for that to happen, the Titans need to give Mariota another offensive weapon or two — specifically at wide receiver.
Fortunately for Mariota, that appears to be part of the Titans’ off-season plans.
Speaking ahead of the NFL Combine on Wednesday, general manager Jon Robinson told reporters that he hopes to add a veteran wide receiver in free agency, if the team can find a good fit.
Jon Robinson said #Titans will look to add a veteran receiver in free agency if they can find a good fit.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) February 27, 2019
There’s no doubt the Titans could use a veteran wide receiver, especially with the departure of Rishard Matthews last season.
Corey Davis looks like he’s going to be a reliable NFL player, but he needs someone to line up beside him to help alleviate the pressure. Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe are solid players, but neither of them appear primed to be a No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL.
Adding a player like Golden Tate would be tremendous for the Titans, but it’s unclear if they’ll be willing to spend that much cash.
It seems more likely that Tennessee will look to someone like Adam Humphries, Robby Anderson, John Brown or Randall Cobb. There are certainly plenty of veteran free agent wide receivers that fit Tennessee’s potential price range, which means the “fit” will be incredibly important for Robinson.
By the way, if you’re expecting the Titans to make a move for Antonio Brown, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Mike Vrabel was asked on Wednesday about the potential of adding a player like Brown. His response wasn’t a hard no, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the Titans want to deal with the potential headaches that would come along with trading for Brown.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) February 27, 2019
Other notes of interest
- Jon Robinson has spoke to reps of Quinton Spain and other pending free agents.
- Robinson is open to re-signing safety Kenny Vaccaro.
- No decision has been made on picking up Jack Conklin’s fifth year option.
- Marcus Mariota should be ready to go when off-season work begins in April, per Mike Vrabel.
- Vrabel says Corey Davis is the Titans’ best blocking wide receiver.
- Vrabel wants to see more consistency and creativity from the Titans’ offense.
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