Free-agency outlook: Titans

July, 14, 2011
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The Titans have plenty of areas that could use an upgrade. And they look to have a fair amount of money to spend to improve their roster.

I list their top three needs as interior offensive line, middle linebacker and wide receiver when considering star-in-the-making Kenny Britt’s off-the-field issues. But Tennessee absolutely needs to find a veteran quarterback. And it could use more help at tight end behind Jared Cook, safety and defensive tackle. The Titans also have to get Chris Johnson’s contract situation squared away.

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Larry French/Getty ImagesMarshal Yanda would be a nice fit for new coach Mike Munchak.
Marshal Yanda: Yanda would be a favorite of head coach Mike Munchak and O-line coach Bruce Matthews. He is tough, smart, versatile and technically sound. And he might just be the best offensive lineman up for free agency. In fact, I bet Yanda would be a favorite of Jake Locker and Johnson, too. A fantastic consolation prize would be Harvey Dahl. Nasty to the core, Dahl would be a great addition at guard for Munchak’s squad.

Donovan McNabb: I can’t find many good fits for McNabb around the league at this point. But Tennessee does seem like a logical landing spot. Plagued with accuracy problems during his career, but also possessing very good strength and movement skills, McNabb and Locker have many similarities. McNabb might be the perfect bridge quarterback until the rookie is ready. Matt Hasselbeck would also be a suitable option as a mentor to Locker.

Mike Sims-Walker: Fully counting on Britt doesn’t seem too smart right now. But just think of the skill-player talent Tennessee would have with Britt, Sims-Walker, Cook and Johnson out of the backfield. That could make Locker’s transition to the pros much smoother. Of course, Sims-Walker isn’t the easiest guy to count on either, but his talent is obvious and his wide catching radius could be ideal for Locker. James Jones would also be a suitable option here.

Stephen Tulloch: Although he doesn’t make many big plays and is just average in coverage, Tulloch is a tackling machine who is in the prime of his career. Tennessee is going to be bigger on the defensive line and should be able to protect its linebackers better with this new scheme. A stabilizing force like Tulloch would help a very young group of second level defenders for Tennessee.

Vonta Leach: Despite his reputation, Ahmard Hall was not effective enough as a lead-blocking fullback for Tennessee last year. Leach is the best in the business at this skill. And stealing him away from Houston should greatly weaken the Texans’ ground attack. A bruiser like Leach would fit the new coaching staff’s persona to a T.

Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com. Follow Matt Williamson on Twitter @WilliamsonNFL.

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