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Titans signed WR Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Colts.

The NFL's version of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Titans love old, run-down, has-beens. Add Nicks to a pile that already included Harry Douglas, Anthony Fasano, Kam Wimbley, and Shonn Greene. Nicks tried to rehab his value in Indianapolis with the game's best young passer last season and still did little, struggling to a 38-405-4 line before seeing his snaps cut in favor of Donte Moncrief. Nicks is just 27, but plays like he's 37. Even for disappointing Justin Hunter, Nicks is unlikely to provide serious competition.
Apr 24 - 1:05 PM

The Titans plan to exercise WR Kendall Wright's 2016 team option.

Wright would be due $7.3 million under an option that is guaranteed for injury only. The No. 20 overall pick of the 2012 draft is set to make $884,000 in 2015. Wright has 215 catches across 45 career games, but isn't a realistic candidate for a long-term extension. His quarterback play hasn't helped, but Wright hasn't been enough of a playmaker.
Apr 23 - 3:56 PM

Titans signed OT Byron Bell, formerly of the Panthers, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Bell was one of the worst pass blockers in the league last year, allowing nine sacks over 15 starts. He's graded near the bottom of PFF's rankings the past three seasons. Bell will compete with Byron Stingily for Tennessee's right tackle job.
Apr 22 - 4:38 PM

Titans re-signed LB Kaelin Burnett to a one-year contract.

Burnett appeared in five games for the Titans last year, amassing three tackles. The 26-year-old will try to earn a roster spot on special teams.
Apr 20 - 4:44 PM

New Titans OLB Brian Orakpo says he's focusing more on flexibility in offseason workouts as he attempts to keep his pectoral muscles healthy.

Orakpo tore his right pectoral last season, and his left in both 2011 and 2012. The injuries have helped limit him to just 11 sacks across 24 games over the past three seasons. If Orakpo can stay healthy, he's a great bet for double-digit sacks in Dick LeBeau's aggressive 3-4 scheme.
Apr 20 - 1:55 PM

The Nashville Tennessean suggests Wesley Woodyard could be the "odd man out" of the Titans' inside linebacker picture this year.

Zach Brown is coming back from injury, and Avery Williamson established himself as a building block at ILB last year. One of GM Ruston Webster's many poor free agent signings, Woodyard inked a four-year, $16 million deal with the Titans last offseason. He was a liability against the run throughout 2014.
Apr 19 - 8:14 PM

Titans RB Dexter McCluster declared himself 100 percent recovered from his late-season knee injury.

McCluster fractured his kneecap last December. An ineffective gadget player throughout his career, McCluster is entering his age-27 season. The Titans have spoken openly of increasing McCluster's role, indicative of a special kind of delusion that makes the Titans the Titans. McCluster has averaged 2.83 yards per carry the past two years and struggles in pass protection.
Apr 17 - 3:42 PM

Zach Mettenberger has been organizing team workouts in Nashville this offseason.

The Offseason of Mettenberger continues, as he's been one of the more-hyped players in the three months since the Super Bowl. Titans coaches reportedly remain mystified how Mettenberger fell to them in round six of last year's draft and have even called him a "poor man's Tom Brady." Mettenberger has tools -- size, arm, and poise -- but he has a torn ACL and failed drug test on his record to go along with no movement skills. It's become increasingly clearer that the Titans may be serious about passing on a quarterback at No. 2.
Apr 17 - 9:25 AM

NFL Films guru Greg Cosell said Wednesday that he'd pick Zach Mettenberger over Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Cosell said last week that he also prefers Winston over Marcus Mariota, so it's safe to say Mettenberger would be Cosell's top QB if he were in this class. "Mettenberger and Winston are very, very similar in style of play," Cosell said. "I’d argue Mettenberger is more advanced as an anticipatory thrower and has a little bit better arm." Mettenberger (6'5/224) and Winston (6'4/231) are about the same size and both are pocket passers with limited movement skills. They also both ran pro-style offenses in college. The Titans will face the decision to have either Mettenberger and, let's say, USC DL Leonard Williams or Mariota or Winston.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Free agent Hakeem Nicks is visiting the Titans.

The report is via the Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. As is usually the case with the Titans, we don't get it. GM Ruston Webster has already taken a flier on fading veteran Harry Douglas. He doesn't need to add another one to the mix. Things have gotten so bad with Nicks that he recently had to publicly posit that he's not "finished." Webster is ranked dead last in our annual general manager rankings, which can be accessed at the link below.
Apr 13 - 4:15 PM

Free agent OT Byron Bell is visiting the Titans Monday.

Bell was dumped by the Panthers after four mostly poor seasons. Right tackle is a need for the Titans in the wake of Michael Roos' retirement and Taylor Lewan's move to the left side.
Apr 13 - 10:15 AM

According to the Nashville Tennessean's David Climer, the Titans see Zach Mettenberger as a "poor man's Tom Brady."

Climer adds that Mettenberger will be the Titans' starting quarterback come Week 1, and he's "not buying" talk of the Titans using the No. 2 overall pick on a signal caller. Mettenberger and Brady have a little bit in common as sixth-round picks and statuesque pocket passers, but we didn't see a whole lot from Mettenberger as a rookie to be drawing this comparison. Whereas Brady excels with pocket movement and has pinpoint placement on throws in the short and intermediate sections, Mettenberger is slow of foot and erratic. The Titans would be silly to pass on Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston just because of Mettenberger.
Apr 12 - 9:39 AM

Free agent OT Byron Bell worked out for the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Bell entered the league as an UDFA in 2011 and was immediately inserted as the starter at right tackle. He's made 66 starts the past four seasons, but it has not gone smoothly. Bell routinely graded out near the bottom of PFF's tackle rankings on the right side, and the Panthers were forced to move him to left tackle last season where he surrendered 60 combined sacks, hits, and hurries.
Apr 10 - 8:28 AM

Free agent Hakeem Nicks insists he's not "finished."

"I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody," Nicks said. "That's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it." Greeted by a nonexistent market, Nicks is a player who senses his career slipping away. Nicks is still only 27, but lower-body injuries have robbed him of the explosion that made him special.
Source: FOX Sports
Apr 9 - 1:15 PM

Titans TE Craig Stevens has restructured his contract, dropping his base salary from $3.5 million to $1.6 million.

It'll be the last year of his deal. Turning 31 on September 1, Stevens brings nothing to the table in the passing game and is an overrated blocker. He finished last season on injured reserve with a torn quad. Stevens is a classic Titans player in the Ruston Webster era: There is zero upside to him.
Apr 1 - 10:56 PM


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