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State of the Titans Roster: Middle Linebacker

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We are currently working our way through the state of the Titans roster. Today we look at the middle linebackers. We previously looked at QB, RB, WR, TE, OT, OG, C, DE, DT and S.

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
Age:
24
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.

TIM SHAW
Age:
28
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.

The Titans also have Zac Diles and Kevin Malast who will be fighting for roster spots in training camp.