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Tennessee Titans’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes For Tennessee Titans

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The Tennessee Titans have had a rather interesting offseason. As much praise as the team deserves for finally escaping the mediocre choke-hold created by the previous regime, they still have not had a perfect offseason. Here is a look at some areas where the team may have dropped the ball.

5. Not Redesigning The Team's Uniform

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5. Not redesigning the Team's Uniform

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With the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans had an opportunity to completely rebuild the franchise. Stressing the need to remove all components of older regimes, the new staff has taken down all remnants of past years from the walls of the team headquarters. This fresh start could have been marked by a new logo and uniform change to symbolize a true re-birth as the team's current logo and helmet are beginning to look fairly dated.

4. Cutting Longtime Kicker Rob Bironas

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4. Cutting Longtime Kicker Rob Bironas

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Rob Bironas turned in a respectable 2013 season, hitting 25 of his 29 field goal attempts. While his touchback rate has dropped significantly from 56.4 percent to 38.6 percent over the last three seasons, Bironas is still second on the Tennessee Titans' all-time scoring list. Without a valid replacement identified, the team would have been wise to hold onto the reliable Bironas at least until an heir apparent is found.

3. Re-Signing WR/KR Marc Mariani

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3. Re-Signing WR/KR Marc Mariani

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The Tennessee Titans struck gold in Marc Mariani who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie after a stellar season as the team's primary return man. A gruesome leg injury ended his 2012 season, and the team deemed him unfit to return to duty last season. With the signing of Dexter McCluster and the return of Leon Washington, as well as the many capable return men available in the draft, Mariani (5 career receptions) offers no real value for the team.

2. Cutting Ryan Fitzpatrick in Favor of Charlie Whitehurst

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2. Cutting Ryan Fitzpatrick in Favor of Charlie Whitehurst

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Coach Whisenhunt’s logic behind the signing of Whitehurst is that the quarterback’s knowledge of the offensive system would be invaluable to Locker and the other players. Signing a player simply because he has the mental understanding of your offense is fine, but when said QB is Charlie Whitehurst and he is given the No. 2 position behind Jake Locker -- who yet to complete an entire season -- you’re setting yourself up for trouble.

1. Not Asking Chris Johnson to Take a Pay Cut

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1. Not Asking Chris Johnson to Take a Pay Cut

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We all heard the rumblings from Chris Johnson before the season ended that he would not take a pay cut. Well after signing with the New York Jets, Johnson admitted this was not entirely the case and that he may have been willing had the Titans approached him and his agent to discuss the issue. Johnson may not be the No. 1 running back in football anymore, but he is still a dangerous back with breakaway speed and unquestionable durability.

De’Jonne Johnson is a Tennessee Titans writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @HippieSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.