One of the Tennessee Titans’ most glaring needs heading into the 2013 offseason lingers at defensive end, a position that they boast almost no depth at.
Scheduled to visit the Titans on Friday is Matt Shaughnessy, a defensive end who the Oakland Raiders were forced to let walk due to their always-tight financial situation. He met with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, but appears to have left Missouri without a deal in place.
Considering that Shaughnessy is one of the better defensive ends left on the market, it’s easy to understand why the Titans would kick his tires. While they have two solid ends in Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, their lack of depth has worn the two starters out considerably as of late. Would adding Shaughnessy be the right move, though?
In all honesty, the biggest concern would be money. If the Titans could bring Shaughnessy in at the right price, there’s no denying that he’d be a strong free agency acquisition for Mike Munchak and Co. The Titans have been spending big bucks in free agency, though, and might not be ready to shell out another massive contract in order to bring Shaughnessy to Tennessee.
With his big body and powerful presence on the defensive line, Shaughnessy would be an asset for the Titans. They could move him down to defensive tackle on passing downs to collapse the pocket alongside Sammie Lee Hill. It would also give them the option to move Wimbley to outside linebacker during specific situations. The versatility that Shaughnessy would bring makes a deal definitely worth exploring.
The one thing that could be playing against the Titans, though, is that they won’t be able to offer Shaughnessy a starting position. The 6’5’’, 285-pound end started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2012, and will likely to looking to inherit a similar role with his next team. While the Titans could easily offer him considerable playing time, especially with his versatility, a starting gig probably isn’t in the cards.
In the end, it’ll come down to how much money Shaughnessy wants and whether or not he’s willing to be a rotational player. He’s an outstanding fit for the Titans, but the real question is are the Titans a fit for him?
We’ll see soon enough.