The Tennessee Titans hosted free agent defensive end Tarell Basham on a visit, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Titans general manager Jon Robinson is considering adding a body to his defensive line group. Should the Titans sign Basham? Let’s explore.
The Titans hosted former Cowboys DE Tarell Basham on a free agent visit.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 2, 2022
Basham originally entered the league with the Indianapolis Colts. They made him the 80th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft after Basham impressed throughout a productive collegiate career at Ohio. Basham failed to meet pre-draft expectations, however. He recorded just 2.0 sacks as a rookie and the Colts waived him in 2018, just a little over a year into his four-year rookie contract.
Basham then signed with the New York Jets. The former Ohio standout recorded a more respectable 5.5 sacks during a two-and-a-half year tenure in East Rutherford. Basham then joined the Dallas Cowboys via a two-year contract in 2021. He matched a career-high 3.5 sacks with the Cowboys last season, but was waived just days ago on November 29.
The Titans have proven their ability to develop former draft busts. A pair of them are currently enjoying themselves in Tennessee (Mario Edwards Jr. and DeMarcus Walker). Bahham’s raw tools and untapped potential may be worth a flier.
It’s also worth noting the Titans have some injuries across their defensive line. Jeffery Simmons is playing through a painful ankle injury. His productivity has dwindled in recent weeks as his ailment is clearly hampering him. Denico Autry continues to be sidelined via a knee injury.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson created some much-needed cap space earlier this week. Tennessee restructured the contract of veteran receiver Robert Woods. The move created approximately $2.6 million in additional financial freedom. The Titans now possess roughly $2.489 million in cap space following Woods’ restructure, per Spotrac. It would certainly be enough to sign Basham to a low-cost deal.