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Between The Posts: What's The Right Price For Derrick Morgan?

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Is the OLB worth his likely price tag?

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The Titans need help in a lot of places at present, but arguably nowhere more so than outside linebacker. The role so critical to the success of Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme was an unmitigated disaster in 2014. Kamerion Wimbley was one of the worst linebackers in the league by multiple metrics. Akeem Ayers was seen as so expendable that the team jettisoned him mid season. They also axed Shawn Phillips for similar reasons.

The only constant was defensive-end turned Leo linebacker, Derrick Morgan. While Morgan will never be a sack artist, he quietly put together a very solid debut season as a stand-up defender. He proved that he can set the edge against the run as well as play in space. He's not the most dynamic of outside backers, and the Titans certainly need to address the spot this Summer, but with his contract up (barring the pickup of an extension), the team is set to lose the former first round pick.

Morgan has stated that he doesn't know whether he will be back, and while fans around the league may not be familiar with his portfolio, other coaches and front office personnel know the value of a solid productive outside linebacker, even one with only a single season in the 3-4 under his belt. So the question is how much is the linebacker worth to the Titans? Is the team willing to get into a small bidding war to lock him down? Better yet, would he be worth it?