Free agency is over across the NFL for the most part and focus has shifted towards the upcoming NFL Draft in the coming weeks.
Tennessee Titans General Manager, Jon Robinson, has put together a very solid free agency, upgrading some positions of dire need and adding depth to others. Since then, he has made it pretty clear that the team is shifting their focus towards the draft as well…and rightfully so. But during a recent interview with Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, he did indicate that they were still having chats with a few guys here and there from the free agency spill-over. That tells me he might not be done.
Let’s take a look at some of the free agents that have spilled over from the main free agency frenzy, and who I believe would help fill some of the remaining holes on the team:
Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle
I think many can agree that Ndamukong Suh joining a defensive front that features Jurrell Casey sounds sexy. But at 32 years old, I think that this is more of a ‘Dad Bod’ type of sexy, rather than a ‘Zac Efron washboard abs’ kind of sexy. Still though, dad bod’s are in, and Suh has shown that he can still be productive when you get him to buy-in and give 100% effort. In 2018 with the Rams, Suh was somewhat quiet next to a superstar in Aaron Donald, but he eventually came to life toward the end of the season and into the postseason, tacking on 19 QB hits, 4.5 sacks and a couple of fumble recoveries. He would certainly add some much needed star power to an otherwise average front.
Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker
This was hard for me to commit to. Collins has been more bust than he has been boom. With the Patriots, he was supposed to be groomed into this superstar pass rusher…didn’t happen. Then he goes to the Browns and falls out of favor with Gregg Williams which lead to his eventual departure. But, and there’s always a but, Collins has shown flashes that he can be a dominant pass rusher in both of the aforementioned stints. In 2018, he still posted 7 QB hits and 4 sacks which easily beats out the production by either Brian Orakpo or Derrick Morgan. Could Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees be the guys who possibly take him in on the cheap and finally get the most out of the player? I wouldn’t count on it, but I do think he could help bolster an almost non-existent pass rush.
Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver
This is strictly a move for depth and veteran presence in a very young Wide Receivers group. The addition of Adam Humphries obviously also helps tremendously in that area, and while older, I believe that Crabtree would bring a nastiness that the Titans haven’t really had in some time, if ever. Crabtree, unlike Taywan Taylor or Cameron Batson, has a proven track record and has demonstrated the ability to stretch the field. Last season with the Baltimore Ravens, Crabtree tallied 604 yards on 54 catches and had 3 TDs. Albeit, he’s had an increased number of drops in each of his last two seasons. Even so; I would argue that Crabtree would be a more sophisticated route runner and at worst, an equally reliable target for Marcus Mariota.
With the NFL Draft only a couple of weeks away, the roster will continue to be molded with new pieces. Only after that will we really get a clear picture of any leftover holes in the roster; but right this second, these are my guys.
Which remaining free agents would you like to see in two-tone blue?