ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 20: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to pull in this reception against Jordan Babineaux #26 and Colin McCarthy #52 of the Tennessee Titans at Georgia Dome on November 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Titans let Stephen Tulloch walk away last offseason and signed Barrett Ruud. I am ashamed to admit that I thought that was the right move at the time. That didn't work out so well last season, but think about it this way- if the Titans re-signed Tully they might not have drafted Colin McCarthy. So we should think Barrett Ruud.
Click through the jump for a more in-depth look at the middle linebackers currently on the Titans' roster.COLIN McCARTHY
Contract: Entering the second year of his four year rookie contract.
McCarthy was everything that Tully was not last year. While Tulloch was an excellent tackler, he was not a playmaker. McCarthy proved to be a huge playmaker while on the field last season. That is what you need from a middle linebacker in the NFL.
Contract: Signed a three-year $3.3 million contract this offseason
Shaw is a special teams specialist, but he could see serious time at linebacker this season if McCarthy has trouble staying healthy again.