Sometimes my mind wonders off into the wild blue when I'm at work bored out of my freagin' mind and before you completely freak out or think it's beyond the realm of possibility, hear me out. I'm not saying this is going to happen or is even likely, but is it possible? Sure.
Question - The Titans Defense does a good job when they aren't on the field for 78% of the game and the passing game is good when Locker is under center, but besides the insane amounts of penalties what are the Titan's really missing?
Better play calling? More discipline? How about a dominate runner?
A dominate runner sounds about right.
Now that begs the question; Are there any dominate RB's available in the NFL? The answer is, "possibly."
What are the Titans going to need next season after they assess their free agents at the end of this season? The first position that comes to mind is Offensive Tackle. Then another Safety? Another Middle Linebacker? The Titan's have a very talented group of Defensive Linemen. They're thin at linebacker, but not bad. The DB's are talented, but another Safety couldn't hurt.
There are rumors floating around that the Vikings would consider trading the games most dominate RB if the price were right. They need a ton of help and Adrian Peterson can't do it alone. The Titans on the other hand have most of the pieces in place with a young, exciting QB, a great group of talented WR's, good TE's and an O-Line isn't lacking talent, only discipline. The Defense has been very good and kept them in games, but one of their biggest problems to this point is a lack of sustaining drives. Now, how do you sustain drives in the NFL? By converting 3rd downs. Mainly short yardage 3rd downs.
That leads me to two last questions.. How much would AP cost and would you be willing to pay?
Lets look at one of the most infamous trades in NFL history.
(taken from - "wikipedia" search: Herschel_Walker_trade)
*The Dallas Cowboys trade Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings*
Minnesota Vikings received >
RB Herschel Walker
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1990 (54) (Mike Jones)
San Diego's 5th round pick - 1990 (116) (Reggie Thornton)
Dallas's 10th round pick - 1990 (249) (Pat Newman)
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1991 (68) (Jake Reed)
Dallas Cowboys received >
LB Jesse Solomon
LB David Howard
CB Issiac Holt
RB Darrin Nelson (traded to San Diego after he refused to report to Dallas)
DE Alex Stewart
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1990 (21) (traded this pick along with pick (81) for pick (17) from Pittsburgh to draft Emmitt Smith)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1990 (47) (Alexander Wright)
Minnesota's 6th round pick in 1990 (158) (traded to New Orleans, who drafted James Williams)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (12) (Alvin Harper)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (38) (Dixon Edwards)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (37) (Darren Woodson)
Minnesota's 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (71) (traded to New England, who drafted Kevin Turner)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1993 (conditional) - (13) (traded to Philadelphia Eagles, and then to the Houston Oilers, who drafted Brad Hopkins)
Obviously a trade of this caliber would probably be out of the question. But what would the Vikings be willing to accept for AP?
My guess is you could get the Vikings attention with about 5 total picks; 2 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick and possibly 2 conditional draft pick in 2015. So the Titans would be giving up *at least* their 2014 and 2015 1st Round Pick, their 2nd Round Pick in 2014 and 2 conditional picks in 2015. Normally that would cripple any team, but the Titans are in a good position for the next year to pull off a trade like this.
Tennessee Titans 2014 Free Agents - and who will likely Go and Stay?
Defense: Likely to resign
Defense: Likely Gone
What does the team look like with these departures? Check it out >
The Offense >
WR1 Nate Washington Damian Williams
TE Delanie Walker Craig Stevens Taylor Thompson
LT Michael Roos Mike Otto
LG Andy Levitre Chris Spencer
C Brian Schwenke Chris Spencer
RG Chance Warmack Chris Spencer
RT David Stewart Byron Stingily
FB Collin Mooney Craig Stevens
WR2 Kendall Wright Justin Hunter Marc Mariani
QB Jake Locker Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Chris Johnson Shonn Greene
The Defense >
LDE Derrick Morgan Kamerion Wimbley
LDT Sammie Hill Antonio Johnson
RDT Jurrell Casey Mike Martin
RDE Ropati Pitoitua Karl Klug Lavar Edwards
OLB1 Akeem Ayers Patrick Bailey
MLB Moise Fokou Colin McCarthy
OLB2 Zach Brown Zaviar Gooden
LCB Jason McCourty Coty Sensabaugh
SS Bernard Pollard Daimion Stafford
FS Michael Griffin George Wilson
RCB Alterraun Verner Tommie Campbell Blidi Wreh-Wilson
There would likely be a few minor changes with the team that we cannot see due to injury, etc, but for the most part we will probably see a similar roster next season no matter the outcome this season and it's a hopeful one.
So now the question remains, would trading for Adrian Peterson be worth it? Would love to see your thoughts and comments below.
*In Memory of Bud Adams*