Monday, May 2, 2011
Remaining work: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
What wasn’t addressed in the draft and could be a free agency focus for the Titans:
Safety: Unless new defensive coordinator Jerry Gray sees starter potential in Nick Schommer, Robert Johnson or Myron Rolle, the Titans need a guy who can start at strong safety. Chris Hope is slipping and has a bonus of $500,000 coming due. I think they’ll try to negotiate it down and give him one more year. But maybe the new regime goes a new direction.
Tight end: Craig Stevens took over as the primary blocking tight end last year and it’s time for Jared Cook to be the main pass catcher. Bo Scaife was overpaid the last two years and isn’t expected back. A versatile veteran backup who can help steer the other two guys would be a good addition.
Quarterback: The Titans did address the position in the draft. But there is still a veteran to be added, one the Titans hope allows Jake Locker can move at his own pace and not feel too much pressure to start too soon. They may need to sign someone to a three-year deal to get him, but if a Kerry Collins or a Matt Hasselbeck or a Marc Bulger is starting on opening day in 2012, it’s probably not a good thing.