2014 NFL Freee Agency: James Harrison still has something in the tank

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Despite the exaggerated decline, Harrison is still a good player.

While the Titans have tried to reconnect with their new head coach's Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers roots, they have failed for the most part. Lamarr Woodley is now an Oakland Raider, Karlos Dansby is a Cleveland Brown, and there are few players outside of those two that still have value in this league. However, one player remains that many have counted out: James Harrison.

With Harrison now cut from the Cincinnati Bengals (despite being a great sub-linebacker) it looks like he will be available.

Most people know Harrison for his big hits across the middle on crossing receivers, but where he really shines is as a run stopper. Currently, the Titans have many linebackers that can cover people over the middle (Zach Brown, Wesley Woodyard, Zaviar Gooden) but none that can really stick their nose in against the run. Last year, despite only playing 383 snaps, he was PFF's 4th highest rated 4-3 OLB against the run.

If the Titans are insistent on keeping Kamerion Wimbley at his current price, then they could use Harrison as the OLB on base downs, and sub in Wimbley as a pass rusher. Harrison's versatility and experience in both the 3-4 zone-blitz scheme in Pittsburgh, and the 4-3 scheme in Cincinnati make him a prime candidate for the Titans to add.

While Woodyard has the stripes, the new linebacking group will need a leader on the field, and Harrison just has that presence. With Pollard and Harrison, the Titans can get some of that AFC North physicality and bring it to a soft AFC South.

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