Offseason Overview: Titans Fail to Address Many Offseason Needs

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FRANCHISE PLAYER: DT Albert Haynesworth (tendered at $7.25M).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• CB Chidi Iwuoma ranks behind a lot of cornerbacks on the roster.

• WR Eric Moulds was a very good leader, but his production and lack of separation may not be enough to warrant a contract anywhere.

• LB Robert Reynolds only stayed on roster because of injury; no future in Tennessee.

• LB Rich Scanlon played hard, but upgrading the reserve linebackers will be an offseason project in Tennessee.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• RT David Stewart (tendered at $2.017M with 1st-round pick as compensation) should be targeted for a long-term deal.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

• DE Sean Conover is a role player that will face more competition.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• TE Dwayne Blakley: UFA Falcons; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• CB/S Chris Carr: RFA Raiders; $2M/1 yr (Raiders did not match Titans offer).

• TE Alge Crumpler: FA Falcons; $5M/2 yrs, $1M SB; 2008 cap: $1.7M.

• DE Jevon Kearse: FA Eagles; $6M/2 yrs, $1.3M SB; 2008 cap: $2.35M.

• WR Justin McCareins: FA Jets; $1M/1 yr, $270,000 SB.

• P Josh Miller: FA; terms unknown.

• OG Jake Scott: UFA Colts; $19.5M/4 yrs, $4M SB/$2M RB.

• LB Josh Stamer: UFA Bills; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• K Rob Bironas: RFA; tendered at $1.47M; terms unknown.

• TE/FB Casey Cramer; RFA; tendered at $927,000; terms unknown.

• S Vincent Fuller: RFA; tendered at $927,000; terms unknown.

• WR Justin Gage: Potential UFA; $14M/4 yrs, $6.5M guaranteed.

• FB Ahmard Hall: ERFA; terms unknown.

• CB Reynaldo Hill: RFA; tendered at $927,000; terms unknown.

• T Daniel Loper: RFA: $927,000/1 yr.

• S Donnie Nickey: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• TE Bo Scaife: RFA; $1.47M/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

• G Jacob Bell: UFA Rams; $36M/6 yrs, $7M SB/$13M guaranteed.

• RB Chris Brown: UFA Texans; $3.6M/2 yrs, $800,000 SB.

• LB Gilbert Gardner: UFA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• WR David Givens (released).

• TE Ben Hartsock: UFA Falcons; $9M/4 yrs, $2.5M guaranteed.

• CB Kelly Herndon (released).

• CB Pacman Jones (traded Cowboys).

• DE Travis LaBoy: UFA Cardinals; $22M/5 yrs, $7.5M guaranteed.

• DE Antwan Odom: UFA Bengals; $29.5M/5 yrs, $11M guaranteed.

• OG Benji Olson (retired).

• DT Randy Starks: UFA Dolphins; $21M/5 yrs, $7M guaranteed.

• TE Ben Troupe: UFA Buccaneers; terms unknown.

• CB Michael Waddell: Not tendered as RFA/Raiders; terms unknown.
 
The Tennessee Titans were a bit of a surprise playoff team in 2007, starting the year red-hot, losing grip in the middle of the year, then recovering and putting on a late surge to make the postseason. Many think that the Titans are still in need of a true offensive playmaker, mostly in the receiving game. The team though, went the other way in the draft, taking speedy back Chris Johnson from East Carolina, and passing on wide outs till they took Lavelle Hawkins in the 4th round.

The team did add pass catching TE Alge Crumpler, who should help Vince Young. There is some concern on the defense, as last year this unit was outstanding most of the year, but this past offseason they lost DE’s Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom. Getting Albert Haynesworth locked up and happy is a big stumbling block right now. Young had better progress this year as well, as in 2007 he threw just 9 TD’s and 17 picks, as compared to his rookie season of 12 TD’s and 13 picks. This team may go though a season of growing pains, and they really failed to address the need at wide out.

Offseason Grade to Date: D


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