Pro Football Focus has a post over at ESPN (In$ider) that lists one free agent that every team “must” sign. The player they listed for the Titans is Preston Smith formerly of the Washington Redskins. Their comments:
The Titans lacked a true edge rushing force outside of Harold Landry with Brian Orakpo aging. Landry was impressive when rushing the passer in Year 1 but suspect elsewhere, and could benefit from the addition of Smith. During his time in Washington, Smith played nearly 3,000 snaps and brought down 164 QB pressures. He enters free agency on the heels of a career year in which he put forth career-best grades in run defense, pass rush and coverage.
There is no doubt that Smith would help, but his career high in sacks is 8. Honestly, that description makes him sound like a younger Derrick Morgan to me. A guy that really shines on PFF but isn’t a huge impact player on the field. Don’t get me wrong, Morgan was a solid player for this team for a long time, but he was never a game-wrecker. I want the Titans to have a game-wrecker to pair with Harold Landry.
That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t sign Smith, but that shouldn’t be the only thing they do in free agency to fill the need at EDGE.