Let the NFL offseason madness begin!
With the NFL lockout past us, we can finally sit back and watch with great anticipation as the Tennessee Titans initiate what should be a frantic process of making roster moves over the next week or so.
The first order of business for the Titans is securing the services of some talent via the undrafted free agent pool. Earlier this offseason, I took a look at some UDFAs who would look good in the two-toned blue.
Now that the lockout is over, the internet is already buzzing about NFL teams unofficially reeling in some UDFAs. Here's what the Titans have (allegedly) done so far.
UPDATE: The official list of undrafted free agents signed by the Titans...after the jump.
Let the NFL offseason madness begin!
Andrew just wrote about whether the Titans would retain any of their own free agents. Back before the draft, I did two posts looking at the state of the Titans' roster, first on the offense and then on the defense. With free agency coming soon, it's time to update that to reflect the official list of free agents and add the draft picks to the list.
QB: Jake Locker, Brett Ratliff, Rusty Smith
RB: Herb Donaldson, Jamie Harper, Chris Johnson, Stafon Johnson, Dominique Lindsay, Javon Ringer, Joe Tronzo
TE: Jared Cook, Riar Geer, Craig Stevens
WR: Kenny Britt, Yamon Figurs, Justin Gage, Lavelle Hawkins, Marc Mariani, Nate Washington, Damian Williams
OL: Eugene Amano, Ryan Durand, Jeff Hansen, Jake Ingram, Troy Kropog, Kevin Matthews, Mike Otto (RFA), Michael Roos, Jake Scott, Byron Stingily, David Stewart, Fernando Velasco
DL: Kareem Brown, Tony Brown, Jurrell Casey, Zach Clayton, Hall Davis, Pannel Egboh, Jovan Haye, William Hayes, Marcus Howard, Jason Jones, Karl Klug, Sen'Derrick Marks, Derrick Morgan, Malcolm Sheppard
LB: Akeem Ayers, Patrick Bailey (RFA), Rennie Curran, Kevin Malast, Colin McCarthy, Gerald McRath, Tim Shaw (RFA), Will Witherspoon
CB: Cortland Finnegan, Chris Hawkins, Pete Ittersagen, Jason McCourty, Ryan Mouton, Alterraun Verner
S: Tommie Campbell, Vinny Fuller, Michael Griffin, Chris Hope, Robert Johnson, Myron Rolle, Nick Schommer
ST: Ken Amato, Rob Bironas, Jake Ingram, Brett Kern.
Once again, players listed in italics did not spend any time on 53-man roster during the regular season. Players in bold were starters. The draft picks are all in blue.
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None of that has happened this year. No players were re-signed in January or February, as the 2011 NFL calendar year came to an end. That's rare, but this hasn't been a typical offseason. The Titans changed their coaching staff in January and the labor uncertainty didn't permit teams to function as usual, particularly regarding the status of players with four or five years service.
Still, even if this had been a normal offseason, I don't believe the Titans would have done a lot in trying to keep their own potential free agents. All of them are expendable, all of them are replaceable. There are better options available for upgrading their respective positions.
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1997-98 Gary Walker
1999 Josh Evans
2000 John Thornton
2003 Robaire Smith
2004 Kevin Carter
2005 Randy Starks
2007 Tony Brown
With the arrival of football finally looming on the horizon, it's time to take another look at the veteran quarterback options available for the Tennessee Titans.
At different junctures of the offseason, we've analyzed some possibilities as the Titans conduct their search for a veteran signal-caller to hold down the fort until Jake Locker is ready to take over at the helm.
With a trade for the likes of Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton seemingly no longer viable options for a Titans' team searching for more of a caretaker than a long-term veteran QB solution, let's examine some of the more realistic players who could be on the team's radar once the frantic timeframe also known as NFL free agency gets underway.
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Now that Stewart has three more years as the starter (he only had two when the inaugural All-Time team was selected) he makes a strong case to replace Runyan on the team.
There are quite a few similarities between the two. Each was a non-starter his first year, then became a fixture in his second NFL season. Each has/had a reputation as a mauler. Each was selected as a second-team All-Pro following his third season as a starter.
There are also strong similarities in their run-blocking stats. We'll examine those after the jump.
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Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson addresses the Titans' needs and possible solutions in free agency and Pro Football Focus' Khaled Elsayed has come out with his list of the top 51 free agents.
Williamson sees the Titans' three biggest needs as the interior o-line, middle linebacker and receiver (he qualifies this by considering Kenny Britt's off the field issues.) He also notes the Titans need help at quarterback, tight end, safety and defensive tackle, in addition to re-signing Chris Johnson.
Some players Williamson likes for the Titans are ones we have been discussing this summer. More after the jump.