Monday, March 11, 2013
Beyond starters, Titans need guard depth
By Paul Kuharsky
Titans offensive line coach Bruce Matthews always said he’d recuse himself on roster decisions involving his son, Tennessee interior offensive lineman Kevin Matthews.
It would have cost the Titans a tender of at least $1.323 million to retain his rights. With or without the input of Bruce Matthews, the Hall of Fame lineman, the Titans didn’t tender Kevin Matthews or interior offensive lineman Kyle DeVan.
Kevin Matthews and DeVan will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday at 4 pm ET. At that point the Titans could sign them for deals at one-year base minimum salary. The third-year base salary minimum is $630,000.
It’s time, though, for the Titans to be finished with Matthews, the project who came out of Texas A&M in 2010.
The interior offensive line is expected to be revamped with two new starting guards. As they are brought in, via free agency and/or the draft, the team is likely to move on from two expensive veterans, Steve Hutchinson and Eugene Amano.
Leroy Harris and Deuce Lutui become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.
Tyler Horn was on the practice squad at the end of last season and Chris DeGeare was on the practice squad injured list.
The Titans now have Mitch Petrus and Kasey Studdard as their interior depth.
So Tennessee doesn't only need a couple starting guards. It needs a candidate or two to compete with Petrus and Studdard for backup roles as well.