Despite finishing last season with the second-most sacks in the NFL with 54, the Tennessee Titans needed to add a pass-rushing specialist to cover up a secondary that was frequently victimized last season. After addressing their offensive line and secondary concerns through free agency and the NFL Draft, adding an edge rusher is now top priority.
Titans general manager Ruston Webster has welcomed John Abraham and Dwight Freeney to the Music City for physicals and interviews. Each of these edge rushers are likely Canton-bound, but both veterans are literally on their last leg and have been given a serious lesson in humbleness as franchises have scoffed and refused to pay them their absurd asking price of $8 million dollars per season.
Although Freeney and Abraham registered more than nine sacks last season, their options of employment continue to diminish as the start of NFL training camp draws near. Unlike Freeney, Abraham has been fortunate to avoid injuries throughout his 13-year career, which would make him the Titans’ first choice.
Although Freeney would be a serviceable consolation prize, him being undersized and a step slow have made many teams think twice before shelving over anything more than the veteran minimum.
Freeney has registered very little interest since being released by the Indianapolis Colts, but Abraham has been more fortunate since the start of free agency. Abraham has visited six franchises and left without a contract. However, if he is willing to lower his asking price, the Titans will provide him an opportunity to be a difference-maker one last time in the twilight of his career.
Adding Freeney or Abraham would be a much-needed upgrade to a young inconsistent defensive line in need of talent and leadership.