Offseason Analysis: Tennessee Titans
The Titans are coming off an improbable 13-3 run, and even though they didn’t reach the promise land, you have to classify their 2008 season as a smashing success. Jeff Fisher is easily one of the best Coaches in the league. Their top priority this offseason is to secure the services of Kerry Collins. He wants to return and the team wants him to return, but they will have to narrow the gap on their contract differences. Chris Simms is sort of twisting in the wind. If Collins returns, Simms will likely be the backup as Vince Young may not be ready mentally. If Collins doesn’t return then Simms will likely be handed the starting gig. Either way the Unrestricted Free Agent will almost certainly return. The Titans have one of the league’s best RB tandems in Chris Johnson and LenDale White. It’s a contract year for LenDale and he’s actually going to stay in shape in the offseason. Justin Gage finally gave the team the weapon at wideout they’ve lacked since Derrick Mason’s departure. He has the tools to be a high end WR in this league, but he never has been able to put it together. The Titans will try to re-sign him. Justin McCareins is also a Free Agent, but I don’t see him coming back. Bo Scaife was slapped with the franchise tag. He’s quietly one of the better Tight Ends in the AFC. Punter Craig Hentrich could retire and Rob Bironas is an Unrestricted Free Agent, so theoretically they could be in the market for two new Kickers in ’09. My guess is Bironas is back though. Their line should remain pretty intact.
On Defense Albert Haynesworth is their top Free Agent. He’s going to command a huge payday, and one that the Titans won’t be able to swallow. He’ll be playing elsewhere in 2009. Cortland Finnegan will not though as the team locked him up to a four-year deal. Chris Carr, Vincent Fuller, and Eric King will likely re-join him the Secondary. Reynaldo Hill will not.
**Update: Bironas signed with Tennesse. **