Following the purple path laid down by former Tennessee Titans such as Steve McNair, Lorenzo Neal, Derrick Mason and Samari Rolle before him, Chris Carr has become the latest Titan to migrate to Baltimore.
As a result of the departures of Carr and Eric King, the Titans are in dire need of some reinforcements at the CB position.
In addition to the depth that he provided at CB, losing Carr also means that the Titans will be on the lookout for a return specialist on special teams.
Needless to say, the task of replacing the versatility of Chris Carr won’t be easy one.
Unfortunately for the Titans, the veteran free agent cornerback market is diminishing as we speak.
Eric Green and Packer fan-favorite Jarrett Bush recently visited Baptist Sports Park, but both players are no longer available as a result of Green signing with the Dolphins and Ted Thompson’s widely-applauded (HA HA) decision to match Jarrett’s restricted free agent contract offer.
Justin Miller also made an appearance in Nashville last week. In addition to playing corner, Miller is also known for his kick returning skills, which made him a logical pick to replace Carr. However, Miller just re-signed with the Raiders, so feel free to put an X by his name on the list of potential Carr-replacement options.
So what’s left for the Titans to choose from on the free agency CB market? Former Titan Samari Rolle was just released by the Ravens. He isn’t the player that he once was, but for the right price, Rolle wouldn’t be a bad pickup.
Speaking of ex-Ravens, Chris McAlister and Corey Ivy are also available. While McAlister is a bit too banged up for my tastes, Ivy is a solid depth guy who may be worth a look.
There’s also this one player who was released by the Cowboys, but his legal issues as well as wearing out his welcome during his first tour of duty in Nashville are just two of the plethora of reasons why he won’t be returning to the Titans.
The lack of quality, young vets in the free agency pool means that selecting a CB early in April’s draft is becoming more and more of a possibility. With pick #30, the Titans could take a chance on a player such as Vandy’s D.J. Moore or Wake’s Alphonso Smith, two exciting guys who could also help out on kick/punt returns.
Getting back to the original topic of this article; losing Carr hurts, but the show must go on…
Your turn, audience: How will the Titans replace Chris Carr?