3 Defensive Free Agents the Tennessee Titans Must Pursue
Thursday afternoon at 4:00 Eastern the NFL’s 2017 Free Agency period will officially begin, and few teams posses mix of the cap flexibility, draft assets, motivation to improve and foundational roster pieces already on-hand as the Tennessee Titans.
To put it bluntly, the Titans can be more aggressive than any team in the NFL, but they don’t have to be overly-aggressive to upgrade their roster. That’s critical.
Overpaying and NFL free agency go hand-in-hand, but I don’t expect John Robinson to squander his resources in his first full offseason running the team.
So who do I think the Titans absolutely must target, even if they don’t get the deal done?
1. Dontari Poe
a. The massive DT/NT is likely to sign elsewhere for no other reason than Kansas City can’t pay everyone on their deep roster. A Memphis native, Poe is 345 lbs, only 26 years old and extremely athletic. He hasn’t tallied big sack numbers in KC, but there are only so many sacks to go around when you have their super-deep pool of edge rushers.
b. Poe elevates the entire front 7 of the defense by clogging the middle while getting significant push.
c. He’s a force multiplier, in that teams won’t be able to focus as much help on Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey and reliable DaQuan Jones
d. Worth overspending for? YEP!
2. AJ Bouye, CB
a. I’m a bigger fan of Jason McCourty than most Titians observers, but there’s absolutely nothing behind him that makes you feel good. Bouye is physical and really cut down on his mental mistakes last season. That’s critical if you’re going to play for LeBeau.
b. Biggest question for me is: is he really a no. 1, shut down CB? He won’t get the kind of help he had from the Texans’ pass rush in Nashville. One year wonder concerns are real.
c. Worth overpaying? Hell no. Have fun in Indy!
3. Logan Ryan, CB
a. Not a physical freak, and not a speed demon. Ryan is the kind of blue collar, fundamentally sound football player that LeBeau has put to phenomenal use in the past. He probably never makes a Pro Bowl, but he definitely won’t put you in a hole.
b. He had a great run in the playoffs as the Patriots made their way to another Championship. Comes from a winning culture in New England that Robinson has studied closely.
c. Worth Overpaying for? If he’s the highest paid no. 2 CB in the league, I’m happy. If he’s a top 5 paid overall CB, I’m dubious.