Over the past couple of days, the defensive end market has become saturated with veterans sliding down the backend of their NFL careers. The Tennessee Titans have kept a close eye on all of them, but there’s one free agent who should really be garnering their interest: former Detroit Lions end Lawrence Jackson.
First and foremost, Jackson is on the right side of 30-years old, whereas the majority of the other options (John Abraham, Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney) are well past their peak. The 27-year-old Jackson is still relatively young, and offers an intriguing mix of talents against both the run and pass.
If Jackson were to sign with the Titans, he would team with former Lions teammate Sammie Lee Hill, who recently joined Tennessee via free agency. Both were buried on the depth chart in Detroit, but could thrive if given more playing time with the Titans. The team desperately needs someone who can give defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley some snaps off, and Jackson appears to fit the mold.
Signing Jackson could also allow the Titans to spend their first-round pick on something other than a defensive end. With question marks also at guard, safety and wide receiver, Tennessee could focus on other areas of need while alleviating some concerns along the defensive line.
The silver lining to Jackson’s non-existent market this offseason is the fact that the Titans could get the veteran defensive end for a reasonable price. Seeing as even the top talent has gotten modest deals, signing Jackson shouldn’t mean too much money out of pocket for Tennessee.
Jackson is a safe signing, especially considering his well-rounded approach to the defensive end spot. The Titans need all of the help they can get, and this move just makes sense.