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March 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Paul Kuharsky

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:02 PM)

Greetings all. Thanks for coming.

CJ 2 K (The Beach)

Yo PK, you think Jerry Jones will sign me if the Titans cut me? He is a terrible....I mean amazing GM.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:03 PM)

Possible. Oakland? Jacksonville? Miami?

LeMarius (Des Moines, IA)

Is there any word on the Titans going after a WR in Free Agency since Kenny Britt is leaving and there has been word about releasing Nate Washington to free cap space?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:05 PM)

They seem unlikely to release Nate. Britt was so far down the depth chart he's not the guy that needs replacing. It's Damian Williams, a free agent. He could be back. They've inquired about Nate Burleson.

Cjg6710 (Nashville)

Public Service Announcement: CJ is overrated and needs to go, no other RB complains about the line as much as his supporters. Whats next, its the grasses fault for being too tall?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:05 PM)

Like the tall grass concept.

Mike P (Greater KC Metro)

What are Coach Whiz's plans for Dexter McCluster that 3 OC in Kansas Cuty couldnt do? Is he hoping he turns into Danny Woodhead like what he had in SD last year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:07 PM)

Yes. The Chiefs had Jamaal Charles. I wouldn't throw to McCluster ahead of Charles. I would throw to him ahead of anyone in the Titans' backfield.

Henry (Nashville)

I was expecting Verner to get more than $6 mil a year, do you the Titans should have offered 7-8 mil a year to keep him?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:08 PM)

I'm fine with what the Titans are doing at corner. I would have offered something just under what the Bucs did. He apparently wasn't that interested in returning.

Cjg6710 (Nashville)

Paul, all the visits seem to be defense (no complaints here) does that make you think an OT in the first (hopefully Matthews) is more likely? Or do you feel that a young edge rusher would still be the way to go if the add some older ones?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:09 PM)

We can't presume. I wouldn't spend a first-rounder on an OL after spending one on OL last year. Later pick is fine with me if it's not a veteran.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What NFL Free Agents did the Tennessee Titans Sign for 2014?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:09 PM)

RB Dexter McCluster and DL Al Woods.

HG (Oboro KY)

How does Zack Brown fit, can he play outside backer or would he be pure subpackage player or can he actually play inside. Similar in size to Woodyard who Titans are looking at.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:10 PM)

I really don't know how he fits. I confess to being bad at projecting 4-3 players into a 3-4. Never done it before. Asking people in the know when I can.

Gregg Jacksonville [via mobile]

With how the Titans are attacking free agency, where do you think they go in the draft? Lb?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:12 PM)

I don't know if I know how they are attacking it. They've signed two guys and we're three days in. Some LBs have been connected to them -- Woodyard, in particular. Let's see if they get one or two.

Trey-San Antonio [via mobile]

You think Titans could trade CJ for third round pick? Maybe?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:12 PM)

Never. Who's giving up a third-round pick for three giant base salaries for a RB?

Leon Redbone (SE.GA)

Isn't Craig Stevens over-paid for a blocking-only TE who has never caught more than 25 balls in a year? Couldn't his production be replicated for, say, 1/4th of what he's making?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:14 PM)

A top blocking TE is more valuable than you might think, and he is one. Due $3.4 M cash. It's high, but it's not oh-my-God-they-have-to-get-rid-of-him high.

AJ (SF)

Who's job looks most vulnerable to the point they might be cut (aside from CJ)? Assuming d-line (Martin & Klug) and LB (Fokou

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:14 PM)

Guys like that would get cut after camp sorts things out, not now.

Casey (Los Angeles)

I know it's early, but what are some your initial impressions of Whiz in his press conferences juxtaposed to Munch?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:14 PM)

Like him a great deal.

jason [via mobile]

Do you think woodley would be a good fit in tennessee?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:14 PM)

He's better than what they have, so yes.

BJ (Knoxville, TN)

Hey Paul,The Titans coaching staff voiced a desire to be multiple on defense in 2014. Do the Titans have a guy already on the roster that could play at nose tackle and, if not, is there any word of them targeting one in free agency?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:15 PM)

Al Woods can play there. Whiz said yesterday Jurrell Casey can play inside or out in a three-man front. Hill maybe.

Manny (Houston)

do you really need 2 separate players to return both kicks and punts? Leon Washington is only going to return kicks...it's not like McCluster is going to play every down and get worn out, can't he do both?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:16 PM)

He can. Leon Washington isn't certain to be on the roster. Let's see how things shake out.

jason [via mobile]

Who do you think our best potential edge rusher will be in this defense? Would woodley and/ or barr b

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:16 PM)

Still needs to be Morgan. Barr could be too.

Brad(Baltinore) [via mobile]

Any word on Woodley?i take it Wimbley is staying even with that price tag?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:17 PM)

Can't say for sure on Wimbley yet.

Justin M (GR, Michigan)

PK, as a Titans fan in Michigan I gotta say i love the insight you provide on the team so thanks for that. I know we are sick of the losing in Nashville and we are hungry for a playoff team. Do you think Titans make the playoffs this year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:17 PM)

I can't predict the playoffs in March when they've not finished with free agency, drafted or been on the field with the new staff.

Jared (Pulaski Tn)

Do you think that the titans may try a recoup some picks by trading Casey while his value is highest

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:18 PM)

Don't at all understand why you'd take your best defensive guy and try to turn him into picks. Wouldn't you then be using those picks to try to find great talent? Why not just keep the great talent?

Ruston Webster (Nashville, TN)

You know, we really didn't appreciate CJ's holdout until September 1 back in 2011. I think we'll return the favor in 2014.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:19 PM)

Ruston Webster isn't spiteful that way. And Mike Reinfeldt was in charge during the holdout.

David B (Gadsden, TN)

I'm torn between Fitz and Charlie Whitehurst as a backup to Locker. What would be the upside to picking up Whitehurst?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:19 PM)

Familiarity with Whiz and his system.

Gage (Terre Haute IN)

Paul, 6.5 mil for alteraun verner? give me a break... hes worth that and then some. i hate seeing my favorite players leave. especially since we could easily afford that. are they really that confident in coty sensabaugh and BWW?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:20 PM)

How was your confidence level in Verner when Cortland FInnegan left? The league thinks that is what Verner was worth, by the way, as that is what he signed for.

AJ (SF)

Whiz can't be serious with Whitehurst, can he? Fitz is by no means a starter, but is at least serviceable in a pinch. Whitehurst has proven you don't want him to see the field.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:21 PM)

Sounds like it's going to happen.

ryan (nashville)

heard that Wright may be used in backfield, any truth to that?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:21 PM)

That was Whiz using an example of how anyone could line up anywhere. Would be as a surprise, not a regular deal.

Dennis (Louisville, KY) [via mobile]

With the addition of Woods to the D-line and Casey being a versatile player in our new scheme, do you see the Titans making anymore moves on the interior of the D-line? I know Hatcher is still due for a visit

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:22 PM)

Pat Sims is visiting too. Antonio Smith. They are looking at a lot of options. If they sign another one or two, it probably doesn't bode well for Martin and Klug in the long run.

David (Gadsden, TN)

Any chance we look at a vet CB like Rodgers-Cromartie?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:22 PM)

Highly doubt it. They replacement starter at CB is on the roster already.

Leon Redbone (SE.GA)

Your opinion on how Caldwell/Bradley in JAX and Grigson/Pagano in INDY are building their teams so far?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:23 PM)

Like both. Grigson spends a little too freely, it seems. But both regimes know what they want and are going and getting help for it.

Mike (Murfreesboro, TN)

Over/under on the number of QBs to take first-half regular season snaps for the Titans next year? 2? 3? 4?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:24 PM)

Two. So over 1.5, under 2.5.

RobAwesome (Clarksville)

If you are Ruston Webster, when do you release CJ?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:24 PM)

Two days ago.

Paul (Nashville)

PK where we sit today as of 3pm, who should be the Titans biggest goal in terms of remaining free agents?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:24 PM)

Woodley or Woodyard, I think.

ryan (nashville)

do you think wright is a top ten wideout?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:25 PM)

I think he's very good. I think there are a lot of very good receivers in the league.

Casey ((Los Angeles))

Based on yesterday's press yesterdays press conference, it seems like Whiz is very high on the Titans weapons, you agree?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:26 PM)

I like a four-wide set of Wright and McCluster inside, Hunter and Washington outside. Not wild about the backfield in terms of who carries.

NT (Erie, PA)

Do you think the Colts outbid Titans for Arthur Jones' services?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:26 PM)

Certainly they did.

Tim (Nashville)

How much cash $$$ would we save going from Fitz to Wise. I know I know you don't know his contract when he hasnt signed but take a guess

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:29 PM)

Maybe just over $2 M for two years for Whitehurst, let's say. Complete guess. Fitz gets $2.75 M plus a $500k roster bonus this year. [Update: He got double what I guessed -- $4 million for two years with another $4 million possible in incentives.]

Leon Redbone (SE.GA)

I thought Grigson over-spent last season, but seems to have reined it in a bit in 2014 in relation to the talent level.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:30 PM)

Jackson and Jones are good players, but that's big money for each of them.

Dennis (Louisville, KY) [via mobile]

With our new defensive scheme, what position requires the most depth?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:30 PM)

OLB, I'd say. In 3-4s, you need good depth at OLB.

Josh (NJ)

What is your ratio of answered questions to questions asked?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:31 PM)

We have 138 questions at this point. How many have I answered?

Casey (Los Angeles)

I know you solely cover the Titans now, but given you used to cover the Colts, are you a fan of theirvastly overpaying of free agents the past two years in order to take advantage of Luck's rookie contract?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:31 PM)

I like the aggression. I don't like some of the choices, like Walden.

David (Gadsden, TN)

Any chance I can finally own a Titan jersey with Burleson on the back?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:32 PM)

Been hoping and praying for that for a while, have you?

Manny (Houston)

It would be fun to have Woods Woodley and Woodyard all rushing the QB

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:32 PM)

Agree.

Whiz (OZ)

I get the feeling that CJ2K has not met with any of the new staff nor has spoken with them on the phone. Does this ring true?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:33 PM)

Rings true because Whiz said yesterday they have not met and said he'd keep private whether one of them had called the other.

Brad [via mobile]

Why do you think the titans went for McCluster and not someone like Darren Sproles?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:33 PM)

Well, Sproles wasn't a free agent and would have been more expensive. It's fine to look to a guy you project to be the next Sproles instead of Sproles.

Gregg Jacksonville [via mobile]

Is locker going to be ready for training camp?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:33 PM)

Supposed to be, yes.

Joseph (Indianapolis)

Titans fan here in Ind. Also a big PK fan, despite what some unenlightened Twitter users say. Webster has only a couple GM years under his belt, but seems good so far. Do you like what he's done so far (or at least see enough to disagree with a few vocal fans who wanted him canned with Munch)?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:34 PM)

I like him. Think he's smart, reasoned, measured. Will be easy for Whiz to work with. Has done OK so far.

AJ (SF)

I know it's still earlier, but how do you find working with the Titans FO & staff so far this year? Do things seem to be going towards a more open environment, or same as usual as under Fish / Munch?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:35 PM)

They've been great to deal with so far. Not regular interaction at this stage of the year.

Rob W. (TN) [via mobile]

Should we be asking, "how 'bout this guy" before he's even mentioned and waste out breath, or spend more time dissecting what's been done after the fact?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:36 PM)

I'm not going to pretend to know the likelihood of the Titans being interested in a guy who just got released or could get released.

Trey-San Antonio [via mobile]

You think Titans draft QB?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:36 PM)

Probably, But I think fourth or later.

Miguel (Miami)

What do you think of the Decker signing for the Jets? I thought he was going to sign for more. We need more offense. Who do you think is next? Thanks.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:37 PM)

I think he's largely a product of his quarterback. Solid, but not going to make Geno Smith a great QB.

Leon Redbone (SE.GA)

Seems like a buyer's market for CBs not named Revis or Talib...odds the Titans bring in a vet for a relatively cheap 1 or 2 yr deal as insurance?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:38 PM)

Low right now. Maybe later. What vet wants to come in and not be told he's a starter?

Manny (Houston)

If Aaron Murray and Tre Mason are still there when the Titans pick in the 4th round, which do you take?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:39 PM)

Mason is not going to be there in the fourth. Mason is my answer.

Dennis (Louisville, KY) [via mobile]

Let's say the Titans can lock up Woodyard or Woodley for a couple of seasons...does Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack become less intriguing in the war room?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:40 PM)

Not to me. Mack is not going to be available at 11. Not close. End or outside backer is the place to go if they can draft a top guy there.

Matt (Nashville)

If Mason is still there in the 2nd round, do you see the Titans drafting him?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:41 PM)

Maybe. I'd rather they be drafting a back in the fourth than the second.

GUY (GUY)

worst signing so far, by any team?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:41 PM)

Saffold in Oakland, which the Raiders wriggled out of.

Jonathan (Winchester, TN)

Do you see Indy trading up to get back in the 1st round of the draft? Grigson's shoots from the hips more than Bill Polian

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:42 PM)

Doubt it. But anything is possible.

Mike B. (Nail and Crow Town)

Just read that Wilfork wants the Pats to release him. How much could Wilfork help the Titans and would they invest in him at 32?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:43 PM)

He's a great player. But age could scare them, particularly if he gets big dollar offers.

Casey (Los Angeles)

As a Titans fan, who do you think I should fear being in the division more, Mack or Clowney?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:43 PM)

I wouldn't want to play against either twice a year. Mack more of a sure thing. Clowney higher ceiling.

titankush [via mobile]

Are the Titans phasing out Zach brown and akeem Ayers?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:44 PM)

Not yet.

Joseph (Indianapolis)

Is it frustrating to answer similar questions all the time due to your different presences on ESPN, Twitter, and the Midday180 or do you enjoy the opportunity to interact with more fans?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:44 PM)

I like interacting, especially when the smart people come out. Getting to do so on multiple platforms is a good thing.

Leon Redbone (SE.GA)

If Matthews and/or Robinson are still there at 11, does it make sense to pull the trigger and plug them at RT for now with an eye towards being the longer-term replacement for Roos at LT?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:48 PM)

Potentially. Depends on who else is available. And they could both be gone.

Mark (tn)

PK I threw out a scenario a while back trading the 11 pick for Rivers. Would you do it for any of these: Eli, Big Ben, Flacco?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:49 PM)

I'd probably do it for any of them. But their teams wouldn't do it.

Mike B. (Nail and Crow Town)

How does a Kony Ealy help the Titans at No. 11 in the draft? And at his size, does he switch to linebacker or does he add 10-15 pounds and stay at end?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:51 PM)

I think you could drop back and still get him. I think you'd have to get him on the field to see if he's an end or a backer.

titankush [via mobile]

Are you and Jim Wyatt friends?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:52 PM)

Absolutely. Love the guy.

Jimmy (Hendersonville,TN )

If Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack are both gone at 11, do the Titans go for Dee Ford , or a Non Rush LB?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:53 PM)

Maybe away from LB all together.

Dave S. (Nashville,MD)

Which is More likely for Derrick Morgan? They ask him to lose 10lb and stand up and be a rush backer or add 10-15lb and be a 3-4 end?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:53 PM)

A, I think. But I'm not sure he couldn't do it close to as is.

Casey (Los Angeles)

Hey, Paul, I always wondered this question but I always forget it: If you could have your pick of any personnel in the NFL, what would you pick a 3-4 or a 4-3?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:54 PM)

I like the idea of being a 4-3 with simple, defined jobs that require you to beat the people ahead of you. But I understand the move many teams are making to 3-4s. They are more complex, but they create more confusion.

Mike (Murfreesboro, TN)

Kuharsky. Russian? Polish? Slavic?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:55 PM)

Russian.

James (seattle)

Any chance of Finnegan returning? I'd love to see it

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:56 PM)

Why? You want your team run on sentiment rather than a determination to find/sign/develop the best players?

James (seattle)

Ebron with Walker with the wideouts we already have would be deadly. Any chance at all we see this?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:56 PM)

Certainly would be intriguing.

Jimmy (Hendersonville,TN )

If Taj Boyd is still Sitting there in the 2nd Round, do the Titans have to take him?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:57 PM)

Noooo. I haven't seen him talked about as a second rounder.

AJ (SF)

What does Jake Locker have to do to earn a longterm deal? Pro Bowl stats and a playoff win? If he shows that he has the potential to be the guy do they franchise him after this year? It's weird to see a potential franchise QB go into the final year of his contract.

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:00 PM)

It would be far weirder to lock him up for the future now based on what he has/has not done to this point.

Mike B. (Nail and Crow Town)

How much interest have you heard that the Titans have shown in Shaun Phillips or LaMarr Woodley?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:01 PM)

Good bit in Woodley, who they are hoping is in Nashville Friday.

xrayvsn (murfreesboro)

If the titans offered Verner the same as the Bucs, you think he would have still left?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:01 PM)

Probably. Said he liked fresh start.

James (seattle)

trade up for clowney possible?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:02 PM)

Would cost a great deal. They can't give up that many picks already lacking a third-rounder.

AJ (SF)

Oh I agree, I don't think he's done anything to earn a longterm deal (or even the franchise tag) yet. But there has to be some guideline going into the season, you'd hope they don't just wing it right?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:04 PM)

If he looks like a franchise QB after eight or 12 games, you start to pitch, perhaps. It's not about numbers. They'll know it if they see it.

Mike (Houston)

I think Ayers can flourish as a pass rusher in a 3-4 defense do you agree?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:04 PM)

I don't have cause to have a lot of faith in him, but I welcome him to change my mind.

Mike (Murfreesboro, TN)

I'd give up our #11 for another second and a third.

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:06 PM)

No, no. The best players are at the top. Get one of the best players.

rodney (NY)

No love for jared allen? were we interested in demarcus ware?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:06 PM)

I doubt it at $10 million a year. Allen and Peppers are 4-3 ends, Titans are moving away from 4-3.

titankush [via mobile]

Is this the longest chat ever?

Paul Kuharsky
  (5:07 PM)

I chat for an hour all the time. Gave you a little extra today. Thanks for coming. Be well.