Grading The Titans First Signings Of Free Agency
By Mike Edler
The Titans haven't had the big splash in free agency that they had last season, but seem to be picking their spots and the specific players they want. So far it has been very successful, and the Titans haven’t lost a guy they have targeted, according to the front office. Some of the moves were good and some have me scratching my head. Lets take a look:
Dexter McCluster: Love this signing as much as I did when I first saw it. Ken Whisenhunt is going to use McCluster as his Danny Woodhead and play him everywhere. This most likely means the end of Chris Johnson, but McCluster will bring a new dimension to the Titans offense at the right price.
Michael Oher: A little rich for my blood, but Oher can live up to the contract. He hasn't been very good in the past few years, but he was relied upon heavily to be the best lineman in Baltimore. With the high expectations of the Titans offensive line, Oher can play his game and fly under the radar to become a top right tackle again.
Wesley Woodyard: Riskiest signing the Titans have done so far. Woodyard can be an incredible upgrade at ILB or he can be a bust and banish the Titans back to 2013. If Woodyard can stay healthy and dedicated he can be a huge piece of what Ray Horton is trying to build in Tennessee. The Titans should still draft Anthony Barr to play OLB.
Charlie Whithurst: I don't understand this move when the Titans have Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster. They aren't spending so much money that Fitzpatrick’s bonus or contract would have handicapped their salary cap. Whithurst was with Whisenhunt in San Diego and he knows the system to teach Jake Locker, but I have no interest in Whithurst playing if Locker gets hurt.
Al Woods: A nice piece to the new hybrid scheme in Tennessee. Woods came a little more expensive then predicted, but he is a nice rotational guy who can play both NT and DE in the 3-4. It’s not the sexiest move in free agency, but it's a necessary move for the sake of the 3-4 switch.
We'll keep you updated as the Titans sign more free agents in the coming weeks.