Wednesday, February 15, 2012
First look at Titans heading for free agency
By Paul Kuharsky
Early thoughts on the Titans' players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents come March 13, with thanks to Mac’s Football Blog, where you can find complete team-by-team lists that include exclusive rights and restricted free agents.
The Titans have already re-signed three players who were heading for free agency: tight end Craig Stevens, tackle Mike Otto and receiver Lavelle Hawkins.
Fullback Ahmard Hall -- He’s a great locker room guy, but did not have a great season and the Titans have Quinn Johnson in house.
Wide receiver Donnie Avery -- Couldn’t push his way into action and presuming the team drafts at least one receiver, it should have no interest.
Guard Jake Scott -- Team will say thanks for solid service and look to get younger and better on the interior.
Defensive end Dave Ball -- He’s not the solution, but he’s a quality complementary part who can get into the backfield.
Defensive end William Hayes -- Just hasn’t panned out. The team needs at least one new end and there won’t be room for him any longer.
Defensive lineman Jason Jones -- Was not as good at end in the new defense as he was at tackle in the old one. He can still be a very good player.
Linebacker Barrett Ruud -- Didn’t play well before he was hurt, then got displaced by rookie Colin McCarthy.
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan -- I don’t think the Titans want him at anything near what he’ll be able to command.
Safety Jordan Babineaux -- Played well enough that safety-starved Tennessee should want him back.
Safety Michael Griffin -- Does the best when everything around him is going well. But the price he’ll want gets paid to a leader, not a follower.
Safety Chris Hope -- Made a difference on the field and in the locker room for a long time, but his time is now past.