This time last year, the Tennessee Titans were in the mood for reuniting with players from its storied past. Last spring, familiar faces such as Jevon Kearse, Justin McCareins and Dwayne Blakley signed on for their second tour of duties in Nashville.
While Blakley didn’t make it through the season, Kearse and McCareins emerged as year-long contributors for the team that wears the two-tone blue.
With former veteran Titans patiently awaiting calls from their potential next employers, will Mike Reinfeldt and Co. turn back the clock once again by bringing in more ex-Titans?
Yesterday, Andrew wrote a great article regarding whether or not the Titans will bring in another wide receiver. In the comments section, a few of you threw out Drew Bennett as a possibility.
Reuniting with Bennett makes sense on a couple of levels. I agree with Andrew that the Titans will reel in another WR via free agency. However, instead of spending money on the likes of Devery Henderson and Lance Moore, Bennett would probably come with a much cheaper price tag.
Drew’s familiarity with Mike Heimerdinger also makes him an intriguing option. The former undrafted free agent thrived under Dinger’s tutelage earlier in his career so maybe a return to his system will once again work wonders for #83.
If Daniel Loper joins the ranks of Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Jones and Eric King as yet another Titan free agent casualty, the services of a backup tackle may be needed.
Michael Roos and David “Big Country” Stewart combine to form perhaps the league’s best set of young bookend tackles, but if the injury bug were to rear its ugly head, Loper’s potential absence would create a tough situation for the Titans at the backup tackle position.
We’re all familiar with Jon Runyan. He spent the first four years of his career as an Oiler/Titan. He plays with an edge and as a result of his tactics, Jon has been labeled as a dirty player on more than one occasion.
Coming off of microfracture knee surgery, Runyan is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 months but he should be ready for training camp. Despite his injury, for the right price, I’d love to see the Titans take a look at Runyan as short-term insurance at the tackle spot.
Losing Albert Haynesworth suddenly created a need for some help at the DT position. After signing Jovan Haye earlier this week, it remains to be seen whether or not the Titans will sign another guy to man the DT spot.
If they continue to upgrade the position, the Titans could take a look at Kevin Carter. Even at the ripe old age of 35, Carter emerged as a solid player for Tampa last year, amassing 4 sacks and 49 tackles in 2008.
At 6’6″ 305 lbs, Carter has the ability to contribute as a DE and DT. He’s also a good locker room guy who would serve as a great tutor for young defensive linemen such as Jason Jones and William Hayes.
What do you guys think? Should the Titans go “Back to the Future” by reeling in another ex-player or two?