Although the NFL Draft is right around the corner, the Tennessee Titans may not be finished adding experienced players to their team. Well, according to unconfirmed reports.

Two players have been at the forefront of the Titans fanbase’s minds lately due to those unconfirmed reports: TE Zach Ertz and CB J.C. Jackson.

The Titans need help at both positions with the losses of TE Jonnu Smith and CBs Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler, so if the rumors are true, it’s no surprise.

Let’s discuss what it would take to obtain them and the Titans’ likelihood of pulling the trigger.

J.C. JACKSON

Tennessee Titans
Dec 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) runs the ball after intercepting a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

What makes this player intriguing is he is a New England Patriot. That may sound silly, but the Tennessee Titans have made a habit of picking up former Patriots players.

Both Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel have ties to the organization. Vrabel won some Super Bowls under Bill Belichick.

As far as the player himself, J.C. Jackson is only 25 and had 40 tackles in 2020. He was targeted 83 times and allowed a 59% completion percentage while snatching nine interceptions.

All of those numbers are career-highs for Jackson.

He would be a nice pickup if the Titans could get him. However, the Patriots can match any offer he gets. If the offer doesn’t get matched, the team who wins Jackson owes New England a second-round pick due to the second-round tender placed on him.

Is it worth it for the Titans to have to part with a second-round pick for Jackson? That depends on how Robinson feels about the cornerbacks in the upcoming draft class.

According to experts, the cornerback class is pretty good this year. So the Titans may feel they can keep their pick and draft one.

TE ZACH ERTZ

Tennessee Titans
Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) runs the ball after making a catch in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (24) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier in the offseason, the Eagles made Ertz available for trade. However, reports say the Eagles’ asking price is a bit high.

Ertz, a Pro Bowl tight end who spent the last eight seasons in Philadelphia, had a steady growth in yards from 2013 to 2018. Now his yardage is on a downward trend, having just 335 yards in eleven games in 2020, two seasons after a 1,000-yard season in 2018.

Don’t let the lack of yards fool you about Ertz, though. He is still a quality tight end that would come to the Tennessee Titans and flourish.

Will Jon Robinson pull the trigger? That depends on if the Eagles come down on their asking price. A report says the Eagles have been receiving offers of a conditional fifth-round pick that could end up being higher if Ertz plays well.

That would mean the pick is for a 2022 or 2023 pick, not 2021. Obviously, that hasn’t pleased the organization much since Ertz is still an Eagle.

It’s unclear if the Titans are even in on Ertz, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they are.

I would bet the Titans acquiring Ertz would be more likely than acquiring J.C. Jackson, but if the asking price remains too high for Ertz, the Titans may roll into 2021 with Anthony Firkser and company.

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