Who The Titans Should Go After this Offseason
With rumors swirling about the Titans possibly acquiring a number of different players (Brandin Cooks and Alshon Jeffery just to name a few), one thing is absolutely certain: Jon Robinson and the Titans are expected to be major players this offseason. On the eve of NFL free agency, here is my preview of a few notable free agents the Titans could be going after.
Houston Texans’ Cornerback A.J. Bouye
It is no secret that the Titans are looking for help in the back end of their defense. An undrafted free agent out of UCF in 2013, Bouye is coming off of a breakout season, finishing the 2016 campaign with 48 total tackles, a sack, and an interception. Bouye was the saving grace for the Texans’ secondary, filling in for former first-round draft pick Kevin Johnson following Johnson’s foot injury. Bouye will be expecting a big pay day, and the Titans have plenty of cap space to bring him to Nashville.
New England Patriots Cornerback Logan Ryan
If Jon Robinson does not see Bouye as a fit for what the Titans are wanting to do going forward, he may be inclined to go after someone he had a role in drafting in New England. Pats’ corner Logan Ryan finished the 2016 season with 74 total tackles, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble for the defending Super Bowl champions. Ryan would definitely help in adding competition to the secondary, whether it be as an outside corner or a nickel corner. Ryan would be a tremendous addition for the Titans’ secondary, and would be a nice player wherever defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau envisions him.
New England Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower
Staying with the defending Super Bowl champs, I do think the Titans should consider making a serious run at linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Hightower finished the 2016 season with 31 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
New England did not place the franchise tag on their veteran linebacker, and are allowing him to test the free agent market. If the Titans were to agree to terms with Hightower, it would be a sort of “homecoming” for the former Alabama standout, who was also a star at Marshall County High School in nearby Lewisburg. Hightower would provide an excellent complement to young Avery Williamson in the inside linebacking corps, and would also become a tremendous leader of the team as well.
Those are just a few of the notable unrestricted free agents I envision the Titans going after this offseason. Whether Jon Robinson and Co. are planning on acquiring any of these players remains to be seen. But, I do expect that Jon Robinson and the Titans will make a splash of some kind.