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The Titans need to make a trade before the NFL trade deadline; Will they?

Stephon Gilmore probably isn’t walking through that door. Is anyone?

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It has become painfully obvious that this Titans defense, as it is currently constructed, isn’t good enough to win any type of championship. There are problems at multiple levels. Right now the biggest problem is at corner. Adoree Jackson will hopefully be activated off of IR this week. That will help, but you still have an issue at your third corner with Kristian Fulton on IR for at least two more weeks.

There is a rumor that Stephon Gilmore is available. That sounds great, but what will the cost be to get him - both in terms of draft capital you have to give up and money you have to pay him. The Titans have just under $8 million in cap room left for 2020. They could afford Gilmore this year, but it would be tight.

Now, the salary cap is made up so it doesn’t matter, but you also have to think about the fact that the cap will go down next year. Over The Cap currently has the Titans with just over $11 million in cap room for next year. Gilmore’s cap number for next year is $16.4 million. That’s an issue if you understand math and believe in the salary cap. There are moves they can make to make it possible that aren’t devastating - like cutting Malcolm Butler - but it would still take some manuvering.

All of that is a long way of saying the Titans likely aren’t trading for Gilmore.

So who could the Titans trade for? Our old friend Mike Herndon had a good list over at Broadway Sports the other day. The guys he mentioned are the range where you should set your expectations.

Jon Robinson should also spend some time watching tape on guys that are on practice squads around the league. I find it hard to believe that there aren’t guys on 31 16-man practice squads that can cover better than Johnathan Joseph.

And then there’s the pass rush....