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Rob's Offseason Outlook - Defensive Tackle

There is no questioning that the Defensive Tackle was one of  the Titan's most productive and most crucial units.  The Titans consistently got pressure with their front four and blitzed sparingly all year, allowing the linebackers and secondary to make plays in coverage.

All Pro Albert Haynesworth is a free agent.  Not only is he a free agent, but because of incentives achieved this year he cannot receive the franchise tag.  The biggest question for the Titans this offseason is whether to re-sign Albert.  They defintiley should, and my gut feeling is that they will.  I think there has been a change in the Titans front office and I truly believe that, although not publicized, Jeff Fisher has final say over all personnel matters.  For years Fisher watched players that he devoloped leave for free agency because of cap issues.  With a new GM, the strategy seems to be to avoid big name free agents and spend money on keeping guys that the team has developed.  The Titans are 35 million dollars under the cap and I truly believe that Albert will be re-signed. 

The rest of the defensive tackles are in place as long as Albert comes back.  Tony Brown is becoming a beast and is solid against the pass and the run.  Rookie Jason Jones also played extremely well and should end up splitting time with Haynesworth and Brown equally as the Titans like to rotate defensive linemen.  Kevin Vickerson made the most of his opportunities and proved that he can contribute when given the chance.   All of these guy's success, however, is greatly dependent upon the Titan's re-signing Albert, as they would be a mediocre group without him.

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