With the NFL Trade Deadline set for 5PM ET on Tuesday, November 3, the Tennessee Titans are in a precarious position as the deadline approaches. For the first time since General Manager, Jon Robinson arrived in January of 2016, the Titans will head into the trade deadline with a realistic shot bringing home the Lombardi Trophy.
Robinson has never been aggressive at the deadline in his time with the Titans. In fact, J-Rob has only made one in-season trade since coming to Nashville and that was done this season when he dealt a disgruntled Kamalei Correa to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick earlier this season.
However, with a defense that can’t stop a nosebleed and cornerbacks who can’t cover their own shadows, Robinson might test the waters before the deadline passes. If he does choose to make a move, here are a few realistic options for the Titans if the team intends to bolster the cornerback position.
The Chargers made a big splash this offseason by landing four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on a lucrative two-year $20 million deal. With nine-year veteran Casey Hayward occupying the opposite side of the field, King has primarily been playing out of the nickel position. In what could only feel like a demotion after earning All-Pro honors in 2018, King has not taken his decrease in usage well and it appears that the Chargers have been thinking about moving him for some time now.
Chargers could be open to trading CB Desmond King https://t.co/VfWMDfVEep
— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) April 8, 2020
ESPN’s Turron Davenport joined A to Z Sports Nashville’s Titan Up Podcast to offer his thoughts on the 25-year old slot corner. “I think he gives them another nickel guy,” Davenport said. “With the situation with Fulton being up in the air as far as how long as he is going to be out, maybe a few weeks – I think Kings comes in and he gives you something there. But he could also double as a return man.”
On the last year of his rookie contract, King carries a $1.3 million cap hit for the remaining 11 games. King is a versatile player who could step in and provide an instant impact out of the nickel position. Since entering the league in 2017, King has four interceptions, seven and a half sacks, as well as two punt return touchdowns.
The winless New York Jets are obvious sellers with the trade deadline drawing closer. Cornerback Pierre Desir could find himself as a happy casualty from the Jets’ season from hell. Desir is a seven-year veteran who has proven to be a consistently reliable option on the outside, and will come at a relatively small cost for any team looking to acquire him. With Jonathan Joseph’s Sunday ritual of turning into burnt toast already an issue for the pass defense, Desir could come in and patch things up.
Although I find it unlikely the #Titans put together a trade, one deal that makes sense to me is to get Pierre Desir from the Jets. He’s not an elite cover CB but still solid. His contract wouldn’t cost much either.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) October 27, 2020
“I know he is not a premier corner, but he is a guy that gives you an option as far as a long defender to cover receivers down the field,” Davenport said of the lengthy 6’1” Desir. “He also is very good as a tackler against the run.”
Desir has started 42 games in the NFL and already has a pick-six to his name just six games into the 2020 season.
Another realistic possibility comes on the other end of the gridiron from Desir in Brian Poole. Poole is another cheap option coming with just a $937,000 cap hit for the 2020 campaign. Like King, Poole operates mostly out of the nickel position, where he has already snatched two interceptions on the season. With Fulton’s availability in question for the near future, Poole’s floor would be a Band-Aid to an ailing defensive backfield.
The candidate that makes the most sense to me here: Jets CB Brian Poole. Jets will undoubtedly listen to offers. He's cheap, improves this #Titans secondary and can probably be had for a Day 3 pick (which the Titans have multiple of).
Make it happen JRob https://t.co/9JPXBOwYWc
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) October 27, 2020
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