5 Underrated Free Agents the Tennessee Titans Should Target This Offseason
Titans Need Improvement
The Tennessee Titans only won seven games in 2013, but with the 11th pick in the 2014 draft and a new coach, things appear to be improving in Tennessee.
Ken Whisenhunt will almost need to do a complete overhaul of the offense he recently inherited. Jake Locker has only played 23 games since 2011, and the Titans do not seem like they want to invest much more time waiting for Locker to develop. When Whisenhunt finds his quarterback, he will need to make sure that his signal caller has weapons to get the ball to. Kenny Britt will most likely find himself in a different uniform next year, and the wide receiver core for the Titans will consist of Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter. Wright had a nice season in 2013, but the age and durability of Washington are concerns.
Along with an uncertainty at quarterback, the Titans will have to address the situation at running back. Chris Johnson is fully expected to be released before the start of the 2014 season, and it appears that Shonn Greene will resume his role from the previous season. The Titans will need to find a running back who can help take pressure off of the quarterback.
Leon Washington did a respectable job in the return game, but the Titans really need a truly explosive player to run the ball back. The Titans would be smart to try and look for a player who cannot only return the ball, but who could lineup at wide receiver to help build the depth of the bench.
The defensive unit and the offensive line are also areas that the Titans can improve, and these are positions that the Titans will want to fill through free agency to help the team improve with experienced players.
The Titans can greatly improve with key picks in the 2014 draft, but here are five underrated free agents the Tennessee Titans should target this offseason.
With the potential loss of Alterraun Verner at cornerback, the Titans will want an experienced player to take his place. Even though Charles Tillman only played eight games in 2013, he was still able to come up with three interceptions. Tillman would be a great leader for some of the younger players.
Some of the offensive tackles in Tennessee are at least 30 years old, and the Titans will need to start looking at adding some younger players at the tackle position. Michael Oher has combined flashes of talent with painful performances, but a change of scenery might be all that Oher needs. The Baltimore Ravens will most likely not pay Oher what he wants, so look for him to be available for the Titans to sign.
Dexter McCluster would not only bring a better return game to the Titans, but he could fill in at wide receiver when needed.
While LeGarrette Blount and Shonn Greene are both big bruising backs, they could combine to form an unstoppable force. The pure power of the these two players would be difficult for most defenses to handle.
Maurice Jones-Drew would be a nice fit for the Titans. He is not only a threat in the receiving game, but the fans saw flashes of the old Jones-Drew in the running game between Weeks 12 to 14. A healthy Jones-Drew would be a running back that the offense could be built around.