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News » Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-09


Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-09


Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-09
The Titans let the biggest fish in free agency get away when Albert Haynesworth signed his $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins. Yet, they seem to believe they have addressed most of their major needs and issues by re-signing quarterback Kerry Collins and nickel back Vincent Fuller and adding receiver Nate Washington and defensive tackle Jovan Haye from the outside.


There still could be some moves made at cornerback, wide receiver or maybe even a veteran quarterback. They also could still re-sign one or two of their own free agents, but by and large, the Titans should be mostly finished as far as impact free agents this off-season.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

Dollar for dollar, the Titans probably like what they have done in free agency thus far. While Jovan Haye won't be Albert Haynesworth, his deal is only a fraction (four years, $16 million) of the blockbuster deal Haynesworth got (seven years, $100 million) from the Redskins.

Likewise, the Titans will take the trade-off of losing inconsistent receiver Brandon Jones to San Francisco in exchange for signing Nate Washington, who they believe to be more of a big-play threat and to possess more long-term upside.

The Titans have never been big spenders in free agency, and they have tightened their belts even more in the Mike Reinfeldt regime. Thus far, that strategy has been OK, as they have found bargain players like receiver Justin Gage and tight end Alge Crumpler who have contributed on the cheap.

But their philosophy will now largely be judged by the decision not to re-sign Haynesworth. The Titans were never seriously in the bidding, and they believe that the Redskins overpaid for Haynesworth. But how he plays vs. how the Titans compensate for his loss will be the ultimate judge in whether letting him go was the correct move.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Cornerback: The Titans have lost depth here with Eric King leaving for Detroit and the possibility of Chris Carr exiting as well. The Titans have hosted Justin Miller and Eric Green with their eyes on signing at least one of them for some veteran depth. They also will probably spend a draft pick or two to replenish the area as well.

2. Wide receiver: The addition of Nate Washington could be a big help, but more is still needed, perhaps in the form of a veteran presence. If the St. Louis Rams release Torry Holt, he could be exactly what the Titans are looking for in terms of skills and character. It remains to be seen if the price would be right, however.

3. Linebacker: The Titans don't have to find immediate help here, but down the road, this is an area that should be addressed in the draft as both Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch can be free agents after the 2009 season.

MEDICAL WATCH: DE Dave Ball is still progressing after undergoing off-season back surgery. C Kevin Mawae is on track to return for training camp after having elbow surgery. P Craig Hentrich's balky back has recovered to the point where he has decided to return rather than retire. CB Nick Harper had surgery on his abdomen but should be full-go by training camp.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: TE Bo Scaife: Tendered at $4.462M.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--CB Chris Carr is poised to test the market and has value as a return man. The Titans want him back, but Carr could be seeking more playing time as well as a bigger payday.

--CB Reynaldo Hill, a former starter who was shoved to the back of the depth chart the past two years, is probably best off finding a fresh start elsewhere.

--WR Justin McCareins came back to the Titans for a second tour of duty, but was injured and a bit of a disappointment. The Titans haven't ruled out his return completely, but they will probably look at other options first.

--CB Tyrone Poole, a veteran who signed on in November after a rash of cornerback injuries, was used sparingly and won't return. It could be his final NFL stop after 14 seasons.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--LB Colin Allred: ERFA; terms unknown.

--PK Rob Bironas: Potential UFA; $12M/4 yrs, $5M guaranteed.

--QB Kerry Collins: UFA; $14M/2 yrs, $4M SB/$8.5M guaranteed; 2009 cap: $6.5M.

--S Vince Fuller: FA; terms unknown.

--P Craig Hentrich: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--DT Kevin Vickerson: Potential RFA; $535,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--DT Jovan Haye: UFA Buccaneers; $16M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--WR Nate Washington: UFA Steelersd; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--DT Albert Haynesworth: UFA Redskins; $100M/7 yrs, $41M guaranteed.

--WR Brandon Jones: UFA 49ers; $16.6M/5 yrs, $5.4M guaranteed.

--CB Eric King: UFA Lions; $4.25M/2 yrs, SB unknown.

--OT Daniel Loper: UFA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--QB Chris Simms: UFA Broncos; $6M/2 yrs, $1.5M SB.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 9, 2009

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