Free agency doesn’t officially start until 3 PM CT/4 PM ET on Wednesday, but the Tennessee Titans have already been very active.
On Monday, it was reported that the Titans re-signed safety Kenny Vaccaro to a four year deal worth $26 million.
Tennessee also signed wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four year deal worth $36 million.
The Titans still have over $30 million in cap space, so they can still make some improvements to their roster.
What should be upgraded next?
Edge rusher is still a huge position of need for the Titans. Trey Flowers signed a rich deal with the Lions, so he’s off the board (though I think he was too expensive for the Titans anyway). Justin Houston is obviously the big fish here, but I’m not sure the Titans want to spend that much money (though I think they should). If they choose to not pursue Houston, I think they should try to sign Za’Darius Smith. He’s a natural fit in Dean Pees’ defense.
If they don’t pursue Za’Darius, they could go after Preston Smith, though Paul Kuharsky commented on Monday evening that he doesn’t think Tennessee is interested in the former Washington Redskins pass rusher.
I have an inkling the #Titans aren’t into Preston Smith.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 12, 2019
Eli Harold and Shaquil Barrett are two options for the Titans if they’re looking for players with upside that won’t break the bank.
Update: Za’Darius Smith is expected to sign with the Green Bay Packers.
The #Packers are expected to bring in a huge addition, bringing in former #Ravens edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, sources say. They tried to trade for him a few years ago, are in prime position to sign him now.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
Another position the Titans still need to upgrade is their interior offensive line. All of their potential targets mentioned here are still available.
Roger Saffold might be the best fit for the Titans. He has experience in Tennessee’s offensive system (the system Matt LaFleur installed), so the transition would be seamless.
And Taylor Lewan is apparently already a fan.
— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) March 12, 2019
Outside of those two positions, I think the other big area where the Titans could upgrade their team is at backup quarterback.
Fans have probably accepted by now that Marcus Mariota is going to miss a game or two each year. The Titans can’t afford to “punt” those games with Blaine Gabbert stepping in as the starter (he can be released and the team would save $1.5 million according to Spotrac). Signing Tyrod Taylor or adding Ryan Tannehill to the roster (who hasn’t been cut….yet….by the Dolphins) would go a long way in helping Tennessee become a playoff team.
There are still several obvious areas where the Titans can upgrade their team. The biggest question is how much money do they want to spend?
That’s a question we’ll learn the answer to in the coming days/weeks.
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