Following an improbable run to the NFL playoffs, the Tennessee Titans’ rumor mill is reaching fever pitch. Everything from free agency, to quarterback targets, to draft stuff is being tossed around. Let’s roll through the most important subjects.
Tom Brady Headed to Tennessee?
No one’s quite sure just yet if Tom Brady is going to return to the New England Patriots, the only team he’s ever played for. Though the Pats don’t exactly have a successor in place, everyone has thought that head coach Bill Belichick has wanted to move on for a while. Brady is going on 43 and doesn’t have the arm that he used to.
Plenty of potential landing spots have been kicked around, including the Las Vegas Raiders. But the Titans are apparently gaining plenty of steam. They appear to be over the Marcus Mariota era, and while Ryan Tannehill helped them beat the Patriots in the playoffs, he’s not what you would call an offensive stud. Running back Derrick Henry carried their attack.
Titans Eyeing Cornerback in the First Round of the Draft?
With so many incumbent free agents set to hit the open market, the Titans have to prepare themselves to recoup impact talent through the draft. They’re selecting No. 29 overall, and speculation is growing that they may select a cornerback.
Jeff Gladney of TCU is the name to watch here. He plays extremely physical pass defense and is a rookie who could replace Logan Ryan should he leave in free agency.
Tennessee Looking for a Wide Receiver in Free Agency?
Plenty of the Titans’ cap space will be devoted to retaining some of their own players. They’ll have even less money to work with if they end up being the team that wins the Tom Brady sweepstakes.
Still, they are expected to make a play for outside talent, most notably a bargain-bin wide receiver. They ranked 24th in passing yards and 17th in passing touchdowns last season. Getting a QB that can throw more than Mariota or Tannehill is key, but they also need someone who can make plays while running his routes.
Breshad Perriman’s name is starting to gain traction around Tennessee. He boasts elite speed, having run an unofficial 4.22-second 40-yard dash before being drafted in 2016. Whether his big-play potential would go to waste beside the limited arms of Brady or Tannehill is up for debate, but he’s both an impact player and affordable.