Who else should Jon Robinson and the Titans pursue?
Landing Free Agent Wide Receiver Eric Decker was huge, but did it signal the end of the Tennessee Titans activity in Free Agency? There may be a few more players Jon Robinson will check the price tags on.
Erik Walden, LB – he’s already had a meeting with the team, and most reports state it was positive. Walden is coming off an 11 sack season. The Middle Tennessee Alumni spent the past four seasons in Indianapolis. The Titans can take a page out of Indy’s book and sign a player at low cost that – if anything – can provide inside information of how to better scheme for Luck and the Colts.
If Delanie Walker can forgive Walden for the “headbutt heard ‘round the world”, I guess I can too. But, production needs to be there.
Jared Odrick, LB – big body. Odrick will never be the most athletic body on the field, but he can be productive. The former 1st round pick by the Miami Dolphins spent the past two seasons in Jacksonville. Odrick tallied 5.5 sacks and was productive during his first season, but a shoulder injury ended his 2016 season – and his time in Jacksonville. Not sure he fits the culture, but he can give the team some insight on how the Jaguars prepare for their division rivals.
Sen’Derrick Marks DT-time to dust off that old Marks jersey. Okay, probably not – but here’s why a reunion with Marks can be beneficial. In Jacksonville, Marks produced more than he did during his time in Nashville. In fact, some fans began to question why the team didn’t spend to keep him. In 2014, Marks found the QB 8.5 times and things were looking up. An injury derailed his progress, but Marks began to look like his 2014-self. Does he fit the culture? Not sure. Is his knowledge of what the Jags are doing in Florida worth a price check? I think so. I’m not saying he makes the team, but he does have some information that can benefit the Titans.
David Harris, LB – a tackling machine, Harris is one of many former Jets looking for employment. Another run-stuffer is not technically a need. However, Harris would bring the same blue-collar work ethic that fits the culture the Titans are building. If he’s affordable, maybe former teammate Eric Decker can fill Harris in on what is being built in Nashville.
Gary Barnidge, TE – can never have enough Tight Ends in Mike Mularkey’s offense, right? Mularkey has an eye talent a the Tight End position, so if he sees something in the former Brown, the crowded Tight End room may need to make room for one more. I like what Barnidge could add to the team. Although he comes from a losing culture, his demeanor shows he’s ready to win now – and that’s what the Titans are doing. Biggest attribute – reliable, reliable, reliable set of hands. Great concentration when catching in traffic. Also, not a bad blocker. Do I believe Tennessee pursues Barnidge? Highly doubtful – primarily because his price may be outside Robinson’s range.
Nick Mangold –okay, Mangold–to–Titans will probably not be reported by Adam Schefter this season, but here me out. If – and that’s a HUGE if – Robinson and the team want to add depth, knowledge, and wisdom to a blooming offensive line, why not make a fair offer to the veteran trenchmen. Although his ankle injury history raises concerns about his durability, he’s still managed to play 164/176 games during his 11 years in the league. Bringing him on to mentor – and as a safety net in case of injury to the interior linemen – may be worth the price it would be for the 7x Pro Bowler. If the unthinkable happens to any interior linemen (thus, I’m not mentioning any names), having Mangold on the roster can prevent a season collapse because he’s equipped with experience and can play Center/Guard if called upon. Decker can tell him the perks of Tennessee.
I’m sure he’ll like the hockey games.
Depth at a Discount
DeAndre Levy OLB-when healthy, Levy can produce. Strength is in coverage, which is an area the Titans struggled with from the Linebacker position. Jayon Brown has been making noise this offseason, so the chances and injury-plagued Levy is pursued is unlikely.
Leon Hall CB- so his production isn’t what it used to be for this former 1st rounder, but he can still find the ball. Hall has managed to register at least 1 interception in every season he’s played. At a low-price, Hall would provide team with a veteran presence while still having the ability to make some plays.
Will Tennessee sign any of the players I mentioned? Maybe. One thing I do know is if Robinson knows the market value for a player, he will make a competitive offer.
Robinson has a vision of what this team will be. And he’s willing to pay the price.