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Tennessee Titans free agent shopping list: defense

Which name should draw the most attention at each position.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans are poised to spend anywhere from $44 million to $60 million this offseason if they really make a push in free agency. Not only does this organization need to make moves, but the crop of free agents is uncommonly strong and deep this year. These are the names of the best players in free agency by position, and then a cheaper alternative if the Titans miss their chance.

Some situations will have more than one name at the top because it is really splitting hairs, so their may be more than one "best" option.

Defensive line: Dan Williams/Haloti Ngata

I have said before that Dan Williams is a great nose tackle and he is familiar with what Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton want to run. Despite this and the big impact that Williams could have on this team, the bigger priority would be Haloti Ngata if he was released. Ngata is still playing at an extremely high level, and if anyone knows and values his contribution in this league, it is Dick LeBeau.

Cheaper options: Stephen Paea, Terrance Knighton, Jared Odrick, Nick Fairley

Pass rushers: Justin Houston

If the Titans did nothing else this free agency except sign Justin Houston, they would still be a vastly different team. Despite the lack of acknowledgement, Houston is the best pass rusher in the league (and yes he is better than J.J. Watt as an edge rusher). However, it looks like he might get the franchise tag so, this may never even have the chance of happening.

Cheaper options: Pernell McPhee, Brandon Graham, James Harrison, Jason Worilds, Jerry Hughes

Inside linebacker: Rolando McClain

If the Titans want to get some attitude in the middle of the field, they could make huge strides if they brought in McClain and James Harrison. After a great year in Dallas it looks like the former Alabama star is ready to make his mark in the NFL.

Cheaper options: Brandon Spikes, Lance Briggs, Geno Hayes

Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis

Revis is a lockdown corner even at this age, and the Patriots really can't afford to keep he and Devin McCourty in the same secondary. If they choose to axe Revis, then he would be agreat #1 for this team, which would allow Jason McCourty to dominate #2 receivers.

Cheaper options: Kareem Jackson, Brandon Flowers, Charles Tillman

Safety: Devin McCourty

The McCourty brothers uniting in Tennessee would be a dream come true for Titans fans. With Dick LeBeau's scheme, the best young free safety in football, a very good corner (with help potentially in free agency), and lots of money and draft picks to increase the front seven, this defense could go from worst to first.

Cheaper options: Dawan Landry, Da'Norris Searcy, Troy Polamalu