With free agency rapidly approaching – the so-called “legal tampering” begins at midnight Eastern tonight – the Tennessee Titans have plenty of holes to fill.
Not only will they be still trying to retain some of their own free agents like Darius Reynaud (likely), Sen’Derrick Marks (possible) and Jared Cook (unlikely), the Titans will begin to turn their attention to players they can bring in from the outside for possible help.
A couple of players who could be potential fits for the Titans from the free agent market are Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre and New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
Levitre, 27, is a player some thought the Bills might use the franchise tag on in order to keep. However, Buffalo instead franchised safety Jairus Byrd.
Levitre would be a nice step toward fixing what was a major problem for the Titans last year – the interior of the offensive line.
Umenyiora, 31, is one of several pass rushers who will be available in free agency, along with Cliff Avril of the Detroit Lions, John Abraham, a recent cap cut of the Atlanta Falcons and Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts.
Umenyiora played in just nine games last season due to injury, but when healthy has been a pass rushing terror and also brings with him experience from being in a winning organization with the New York Giants.
The Titans have the cap space to make the necesssary improvements in free agency, but there will be lots of competition for Levitre and the defensive ends who are on the market.