NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This week we count down the Tennessee Titans' top five bedrock players.
These are the team’s foundational pieces that general manager Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt can build around.
We’ll count down from fifth to first, day by day.
3) Cornerback Jason McCourty.
While Alterraun Verner had the breakout year and is now headed for free agency, the Titans didn’t have any worries on the other side.
It may not have been McCourty’s best season. But he remained a steady contributor, a calming presence and a guy who knew what to do.
McCourty had one interception, 16 passes defensed and ranked seventh on the team with 77 tackles.
If Verner leaves, the Titans still have a good group of corners, headlined by McCourty. Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson would vie for the open job and the nickel spot, with Tommie Smith looking for a new staff to revive the optimism that has surrounded him in recent offseasons but that hasn’t translated into the regular season.
McCourty is a model citizen who Ken Whisenhunt, defensive coordinator Ray Horton and defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi will love.
ESPN.com’s resident scout Matt Williamson says: “As is the case with many Titans, McCourty's accomplishments are very much under the radar. But he is an extremely solid CB who is among the best 20 players at his position in the league.”