Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Titans may not fear older free agents
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Soon we'll come to have a better sense of just whom the Tennessee Titans are interested in as free agents, and the degree of that interest.
But of the four guys they've reportedly expressed interest in during the open, pre-free-agency period, I am struck by something about two of them.
Houston defensive lineman Antonio Smith and Denver end/outside linebacker Shaun Phillips are each 32.
D'Qwell Jackson, an free agent the Titans had in early for a visit, is 30. (He signed with Indianapolis.)
Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, who has a history with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, is also 32.
Free agency is a young man's game, and generally you want the targets you spend money on to be coming off their initial contract and heading into their prime.
But there is a place for the right 32-year-old on a team changing schemes and needing leadership.
The Titans aren't going to sign Smith, Phillips or Dansby. But one of them would be very good for a defense that needs an infusion of added leadership, experience and production for a front being revamped.