With the free agency period about to his its second wave, it is time to start looking around the league to see what is happening that might affect the Titans.
Free agency flurry continues
-The Titans signed another free agent today in cornerback Perrish Cox. The 28 year old cornerback signed a deal for 3 years, $15 million on Saturday that will bring him to Tennessee. For those of you not familiar with who that is, this is what Pro Football Focus had to say about Cox,
"Cox has always been a beguiling talent. He’s long enough, athletic enough and skilled enough to be one of the better corners in the league, but has struggled to convert that natural talent into playing time and production. Of his five seasons as a pro, Cox has been a significant contributor for just two of them, the first as a rookie with the Broncos in 2010, and then this past year in San Francisco. Between those two seasons, Cox bounced between teams and made little impact.
Cox began 2014 in good form, he was our seventh ranked cover corner after nine weeks, allowing a 48.9% completion rate, and holding passers to a 42.3 QB rating. However he struggled down the stretch, with those figures rising to 61.5% and 78.0, respectively. He’s shown enough to merit starting somewhere in 2015, but not enough to warrant a true starters contract."
While that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, there is a lot of reasons why Titans fans should be excited.
Firstly, this means that they don't have to go through the annual #2 CB battle again. The Titans have someone who has shown they can play in the NFL and who has the ability to be a very good corner. Secondly, Dick LeBeau is obviously an excellent coordinator, and if he gave the stamp of approval on Cox, there is no reason to think that LeBeau is scared to put him out on the field. Finally, this means that the Titans do no have to reach in a frankly less than mediocre CB draft class.
The Titans actually look like a team with a plan this offseason (well at least the last two days), instead of a team rushing to grab players with a good reputation and bad tape. Look at what some people are saying about the Titans recent signings.
"I like both [Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan] quite a bit. Orakpo is more well-rounded, and at his best is just a better football player, but of course, we don’t know what we will see from him. Morgan is a better pass rusher than against the run.
"But overall, I think this makes their 'front five' [nose tackle, ends and outside backer] potentially lethal, especially if they draft Leonard Williams, which I still think they should."
"The Titans have done a great job of adding solid talent to what was a completely woeful defense last year. The team wasn't competitive at all in most games, but that will hardly be the case this upcoming season. Tennessee already acquired Brian Orakpo and Da'Norris Searcy, and now they've upgraded the cornerback position with Perrish Cox." Walter Cherepinsky
The Titans are building this defense into something good, if not great. Sure they lack pieces like a 5-tech and a true two-gaping NT, but they expensive positions are already locked in. The Titans have two capable edge rushers and two solid corners (with McCourty having a chance at being very good), in addition to one of the best defensive linemen in the league in Jurrell Casey.
Speaking of Casey
It isn't something that Titans fans are talking about, but the Titans are lucky to have gotten Casey under contract long term when they did. While his cap number is $9 million annually (which ranks 8th in the league among non-edge rushers), he is only guaranteed about $3 million annually (13th in the league).
The Titans got a player who is easily one of the top six at his position for much less than that with an extremely workable contract, and that is something that Webster doesn't get enough credit for.