Titan offseason mantra: Slow and steady wins the race

The NFL offseason is upon us. This weekend marked the beginning of the hectic timeframe known as free agency. In the span of a mere seventy-two hours, clubs have begun their quests of improving their rosters through the means of signing free agents.
Coming off of an abysmal 1-15 campaign, the Big Tuna-led Miami Dolphins raced out of the gates to secure the services of several free agents, including our own Randy Starks (good riddance). The Cleveland Browns, searching for that piece or two to catapult them into the stratosphere of the NFL’s elite, made a statement by signing speedster Donte’ Stallworth and trading for defensive tackles Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams.
In contrast to the activity of the hares of the free agent market, the Titans have played the role of the tortoise in their attempts to improve their squad. The slow and steady approach appears to be the theme of the Titans’ offseason thus far.

As other franchises move at a blistering pace in the realm of free agency, the Titans have been traveling at a much slower speed. Despite having an obvious need at the WR position, the Titans watched idly as potential acquisitions Donte’ Stallworth, Bernard Berrian and Jerry Porter cashed in with lucrative deals with other teams.
A few days after the onset of free agency, the Titans finally made a move today, as Alge Crumpler’s agent has stated that his client will sign a contract in Nashville on Monday. Crumpler has been on the radar for a few weeks now, with the Titans displaying interest shortly after his release from the Falcons.
Crumpler’s signing is a vivid of example of Tennessee’s free agent strategy. His deal is only for two years and a little over $5 million, which is a bargain for a tight end of his stature. Despite having one of the league’s highest amounts of salary cap room, the Titans are treading carefully in the free agent market.
I highly doubt that the Crumpler signing will be the end of the Titans’ activity in free agency. With the free agent status of defensive ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy, Mike Reinfeldt may be in the market for another defensive end if he decides not to re-sign Odom and/or LaBoy. A decision may also need to be made regarding the guard position if Jacob Bell decides to leave for financially greener pastures.
Regardless of what takes place with Odom/LaBoy and Bell, expect the Titans to continue their slow and steady approach to free agency.

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