Potential Titans target: Walter Thurmond

March, 7, 2014
Mar 7
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We've looked this week at free agents I think should get a look from the Titans. Free agency opens Tuesday.

Previously, we considered Pittsburgh outside linebacker Jason Worilds and Brian Orakpo, and both of them got tagged and won't likely get offer sheets from the Titans. We've also looked at Oakland end Lamarr Houston, Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard, Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, Houston defensive lineman Antonio Smith and Cincinnati offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

I don't think the Titans will shop for a cornerback. But if they do, I'd put this one at the top of the list.

Thurmond
Walter Thurmond, CB, Seattle

Age: 26

Drafted: Fourth-round pick by Seattle out of Oregon in 2010.

Career: Played in 34 games with eight starts. One interception, one touchdown, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.

2013: Played in 12 games with three starts and served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Played in Seattle's playoff run and Super Bowl win.

From ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount: "Thurmond is an outstanding cover corner. When Brandon Browner was hurt with a hamstring injury, Thurmond came in and played as well or better than Browner was playing. But he isn’t the physical corner Browner is.

"The marijuana suspension hurt him. That gave Byron Maxwell his chance to start and he shined, four interceptions in the last four games. Maxwell couldn't have played better. When Thurmond returned, he had lost the starting job to Maxwell, but still played well as the nickelback.

"The suspension certainly hurt his dollar value as a free agent, which could make it easier for Seattle to keep him. They like him, and his chances of returning are a little better since Browner is done, but I'd still say it's less than 50-50.

"The secondary is the deepest part of the team with Jeremy Lane, Jeron Johnson and DeShawn Shead waiting in the wings. And Seattle has far more important free agents they want to keep in Michael Bennett, Golden Tate and Steven Hauschka.

"Thurmond is a good guy and really well-liked in the locker room. Very bright guy. He takes a lot of teasing for his wild attire on game days. After one game last season he wore a top hat and tails. Richard Sherman called him the Monopoly man."

From ESPN.com's resident scout Matt Williamson: “Surrounded by an outstanding supporting cast, Thurmond had a very good season for the Seahawks, where he was their nickel cornerback. But Thurmond has the ability to play every down and could be an adequate replacement for Alterraun Verner.”

PFF says: No. 12 CB.

Bill Polian's grade: C-plus

My rationale: I think the Titans will feel comfortable with what they’ve got at corner if Verner leaves as a free agent as I expect. But Thurmond is attractive because he’s really good as a nickel, and a guy that can be special covering the slot is something that may be worth dipping into the market for.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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