The Titans biggest signing, in terms of money and overall size was former Colts guard Jake Scott. The Titans gave Scott a $19 million contract over four seasons to sure up their solid offensive line.
These next two acquisitions are fairly low risk, higher immediate reward signings, but they would've been much more newsworthy about three years ago. Tennessee will be having a reunion with former Titans and Eagles defensive end Javon Kearse, who had a brilliant start to his career in Tennessee prior to his leg injuries. Kearse signed a two-year, $6 million deal.
The Titans gave quarterback Vince Young a target in the passing game when they inked former Falcons tight end, Alge Crumpler. Crumpler is a former Pro Bowler who is used to playing with mobile, erratic quarterbacks so he should feel right at home in Nashville. Crumpler signed a two-year, $5 million contract.
The final three player acquisitions can only be considered minor blips on the NFL radar, as the Titans signed Crumpler's Atlanta teammate and backup, Dwayne Blakely to a one-year deal. Tennessee decided for another homecoming when they signed former Titans and Jets wide receiver Justin McCareins to a one-year deal, and the Titans also agreed to terms with former Bills linebacker, Josh Stamer.
Tennessee made what could be a crucial mistake when they let quite a few of their young defensive lineman head to free agency. Defensive ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy found greener pastures, as they signed with the Bengals and Cardinals respectively, and earned guaranteed money of $11M and $7.5M. Defensive tackle Randy Starks signed with the Miami Dolphins, and earned a contract of better than $20 million.
On the offensive line, Tennessee lost guard Jacob Bell, who signed a six-year, $36 million deal with the Rams, as well as guard Benji Olson who retired. Tennessee lost running back Chris Brown to Houston, tight ends Ben Troupe (Tampa Bay) and Ben Hartsock (Atlanta), linebacker Gilbert Gardner to Detroit, and decided to release cornerback Kelly Herndon and wide receiver David Givens.
It certainly appears that Tennessee didn't help their roster much during the free agency period, as they lost two offensive linemen, three solid defensive linemen, a good running back, and a could tight ends, while replacing them with older veterans. Free agency isn't always about how much money is spent, it's more about how a team fills their gaps. Following this free agency period, Tennessee still doesn't have a solid wide receiver, their offensive and defensive lines appear weaker, and their backfield has less depth.
Free Agency Recap: Titans
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