Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Free-agency review: Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
Most significant signing: It’s hard to call one of the Titans' five additions the most significant. That’s either a testament to the class or an indictment. Right tackle Michael Oher is the only one who’s a guaranteed starter right out of the gate, so we’ll tab the former Baltimore Ravens first-round draft pick, who also got the biggest contract -- four years, $20 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.
Most significant loss: Alterraun Verner is the only Titans free agent who left, receiving a four-year, $24.5 million contract with Tampa Bay. The cornerback is a very good player who will be a great fit for what the Buccaneers want to do. The Titans were prepared all along to lose him and will promote from within.
Biggest surprise: That the Titans wanted to go a different direction with their veteran backup quarterback. Their choice to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick was a stunner. Charlie Whitehurst has been around a long time, but he’s hardly played, and when he has, it has not been pretty. He was with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego last season.
What’s next? The Titans had no visitors on Monday and I think they are going to pause and assess what’s out there and what they want to do in a second wave. They’ve failed to find pass-rushing help and the market is thin, but Shaun Phillips from Denver is coming off a productive year and could be a target.