The Atlanta Falcons shed three veterans on Friday morning, and the Tennessee Titans should probably take a look at pursuing at least one or two of them.
The Falcons, who reached the NFC Championship Game in 2012, let go of veteran pass rusher John Abraham, running back Michael Turner and cornerback Dunta Robinson.
At least two of those players fit need areas for the Titans, who are in the process of rebuilding their roster amid the challenge of knowing that improvements must come in 2013 or heads could roll.
There is, of course, no guarantee that the Titans would make a run at any of these players, but they do seem to fit the mold that Mike Munchak and Ruston Webster are looking for as they reshape the roster’s foundation this off-season. They still have ability, they come from a winning environment and they can provide needed veteran leadership.
First, there is Abraham, who even at age 34, is still a very productive situational pass rusher at end. Abraham re-signed with the Falcons last year, even though the Titans considered him last off-season. Now that he is available again, Tennessee might be wise to make a stronger run at him this time around.
Abraham had 10 sacks in 2012 and has 32.5 sacks over the past three years. He also has 12 forced fumbles in that span. Used correctly, he could be a big asset.
Turner is another could fit a role the Titans need at the right price.
He had 800 yards rushing on 222 carries last season, and isn’t the workhorse back he was a few years ago, but with Munchak and Webster saying they need to add a change of pace back to pair with Chris Johnson to close out games and get the tough yards, Turner would fit that bill.
When he was a restricted free agent in San Diego, the Titans made a half-hearted run at him right before they drafted Johnson in the first round.
As for Robinson, the cornerback got a big contract from the Falcons in free agency after having some solid seasons with the Houston Texans. The price tag is likely to still be high this time around, and the question there is whether sinking money into a 30-year-old cornerback would be worth it.