The Titans Free Agency Smackdown

The Titans seem to have woken up during this season’s Free Agent signing period. Last year all that came out of MetroCenter was doom and gloom about who was getting cut and who had to take a pay reduction just to stay on the team.

The recent flurry of signings must mean the Titans are emerging from salary cap hell. General Manager Floyd Reese is going after the key pieces of the puzzle we were missing this past season. Our offensive line sucked, so we sign a 6-time Pro Bowler. Our defense couldn’t stop the run, so we sign a stud of a linebacker. Our secondary was weak, so we go out and get a starter from the Super Bowl champions. Our wide receiving core left much to be desired, so we get the best free agent available at the position.

Everyday so far there has seemed to be something positive going on with the Titans this off-season. I know we’ve lost Justin Hartwig to the Panthers, and Peter Sirmon is asking for his release. But are those guys really the core we wanted to build around? Sure Hartwig was dependable as a starter, but Mawae brings a ton more experience and talent. Sirmon still hasn’t recovered fully from his knee blowout in 2004. I’m kind of surprised he’s giving up so easily. It seems like he’d be the kind of guy who’d rise to the challenge Jeff Fisher and Floyd Reese are throwing at him. Competition will only serve to make the team better.

Now, the NFL draft is just over a month away. I know Reese and Coach Fisher have some more goodness in store for all of us fans. I can’t wait to see what happens now that New Orleans threw so much money at Drew Brees. Will the Saints take Leinart now? Will they trade down? What does this mean for the Titans sitting at number 3? I can’t wait till April 29.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    I understand the reason for salary caps and free agency, etc. but I miss the old days when players spent most of their careers at one team.

    With the system as it is today, it forces so much inter-league roster changes that one never really “bonds” with players or teams.

    Heck, there’s no point in buying a jersey with a specific player’s name and number on it when in all likelihood they’ll get released or traded next season.

    I wish there was a better system.

  2. Bo Link (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

    Jim, you’re right about not being able to bond with players anymore. Now people just need to be loyal to a team more than the players. I’d rather it be this way than be stuck with players who aren’t performing or who are injury prone. The salary cap system may be a harsh sometimes, but it’s better than the NBA or MLB.

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