|Justin Gage (L) shouldn’t be back in 2011.|
I wrote in a recent article, Six positions the Titans need to upgrade in 2011, about the positions that needed an upgrade, either by a current Titan or a newcomer. In most cases, it will take a newcomer to accomplish the upgrade, and we’ll be looking at possible additions in the coming months.
This article focuses on the noteworthy Titans who probably won’t be back this year. We’ll look at this in two sections. First are those players who I am reasonably confident will not be back. The players in the next group have a chance of returning.
We’ll start with those who shouldn’t be back, after the break.
Randy Moss - If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out Drexel’s recent article, Straight invisible homey: the vanishing act of Randy Moss. It does seem a little odd that the Titans couldn’t find a way to put a future Hall of Famer on the field more often or to target him more frequently on those occasions he was.
It was a pretty expensive, and failed, experiment. The Titans anted up $3.4M for Moss as a replacement during Kenny Britt’s absence. The dividends were meager, only 6 receptions, which cost them $566,666.66 per catch. I have to think Moss hasn’t played much because the Titans believe he doesn’t have much left in the tank, certainly not enough to reward him with a big contract.
Justin Gage - I don’t see how the Titans can keep Gage on the roster ahead of Kenny Britt, Nate Washington or Damian Williams. Britt and Williams are the future and if the Titans want a veteran presence, they’ll still have Washington. Gage’s contract calls for a base salary of $3.5M in 2011, the final year on his contract. That’s more than just a tad too expensive.
Bo Scaife - For two years, I’ve been writing that Scaife has been the most overpaid tight end in the league. Now that Jared Cook has started to come on, Scaife should be labeled expendable. I thought he was expendable two years ago, even before Cook came on board. Give me Alge Crumpler and/or Craig Stevens any time. We’ll be good to go with Cook and Stevens. Cook may not be able to block worth a lick, but Scaife wasn’t much better.
On the other hand, that’s only $1M more than Young’s contract called for last year. Vince has one other thing in his favor too. Bud Adams continues to make noises, publicly, anyway, that Vince is still his guy.
Kerry Collins - His contract expires and he’ll be a free agent in March. If Jeff Fisher is back, you have to believe he’ll want Collins back too. If someone new is coaching the Titans, who knows what he‘ll want? If the new coach wants a veteran backup capable of filling in for spot starts, Collins would be a logical candidate. Collins has said he’d like to remain in Nashville, and in his case, it’s easy to believe that’s true, due to his aspirations as a country music songwriter.
Ahmard Hall - I’m a huge Ahmard Hall fan for his service to our country. I also like the way he used to block, and still does on occasion. He’s also a valuable special teams contributor. I’d like to think Sarge will wear two-tone blue again this year but he hasn’t been as good as he once was. One encouraging sign is that the Titans have been using him on screen passes a little more.
I’d like to see the Titans re-sign him as a backup. However, if he has a chance to sign elsewhere for some nice money with the opportunity to remain a starter, he’ll probably walk.