In his season-ending press conference, Jeff Fisher hinted that attaining a playmaking wide receiver will be an offseason priority:
“We’re going to try to upgrade our roster at all the positions. I thought Justin [Gage] made plays, Brandon [Jones] came in and made plays, I thought Justin McCareins when healthy made some plays. But it will be a priority for us.”
The NFL hot stove suggests that playmakers such as T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin could be ripe for the taking. However, the cost to attain one of these elite wide outs could be out of the price range of the fiscally conservative Titans.
A more reasonable target in terms of contract and draft pick compensation could be Torry Holt. According to reports, the St. Louis Rams may be willing to part with Holt in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick.
Apparently, the Tennessee Titans were interested in acquiring Holt as recently as last year:
“League sources told the Post-Dispatch that an NFL club — believed to be Tennessee — was offering a first-round pick for Holt before the trading deadline last fall. The Rams decided against making the trade, the source said.”
At 32 years of age, Holt is no spring chicken. The perennial Pro Bowler had an off-year in 2008, catching only 64 passes for 796 yards and 3 touchdowns. Prior to last year, Holt had went over the 1,000 yard mark in eight consecutive seasons.
Despite his relatively old age, I think that Holt would be a nice fit for Tennessee’s passing game. He’s a very sure-handed receiver who usually catches everything in his path. The Titans have enough development projects at wide receiver (Paul W, C.Davis, L.Hawkins) so getting a veteran who is a proven commodity would undoubtedly be a welcome relief to probable starting QB Kerry Collins.
On the other hand, there are a few cons associated with grabbing Holt. The Titans have had their share of bad luck with acquiring veteran wide outs (Do the names Yancey Thigpen, Carl Pickens and David Givens ring a bell?) The Eric Moulds experiment didn’t work out that well, either.
The Titans are also stingy with their draft picks and given the team’s philosophy of building through the draft, they may not be interested in sacrificing a selection that could turn into a solid contributor down the road.
So what do you guys think? Should the Titans make a push for Torry Holt?