Although the Titans current starting tackles David Stewart and Michael Roos have been phenomenal in pass protection, the rest of the offensive line has struggled in opening up holes for Chris Johnson, whose frustration was no secret last year.
Winston will likely have no shortage of suitors, but his addition to the Titans would be invaluable due to his versatility to play multiple positions along the offensive line, as well as the leadership he will add to the locker room.
Throughout the years, the Titan front office has transformed NFL cast offs into starters and solid contributors. For the sake of their $10 million running back Johnson, the Titans next move must be toward the offensive line.
The Titans decision to not franchise a player means that they will have $19.4 million dollars to address the team needs.
Blessed with the tenth pick in the NFL Draft, the Titans have the luxury of resolving their offensive line needs either through free agency or the draft. The Titans history of unearthing starting offensive linemen in late rounds like their current starting tackles Roos and Stewart may mean that the team will choose to surf the waiver wire for offensive line talent on a budget.
Winston offers a unique set of skills due to his experience playing multiple positions along the offensive line at a high level. He has opened up gaping holes for two premiere running backs in Jamal Charles and Arian Foster, who each set franchise rushing records with Winston paving the way. Johnson has a similar running style, in addition to blazing speed.
Webster must make an offer to Winston — Johnson’s plea for offensive line help can no longer be ignored.