My three-player, free-agent wish list for the Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans can start having preliminary conversations with free agents-to-be later today, with free-agency opening Wednesday.

The class is not loaded, which doesn't mean huge money won't be spent. I think the Titans will make big additions but I don't know that they will blow the roof off the thing. Here is the top of my Titans’ free-agent wish list:

Justin Houston, edge, Chiefs: Released by the Chiefs for salary cap reasons, he’s 30 and he’s not the player he was in his prime. But he’s still damn good and very productive with 18.5 sacks in the last two years. He can be the tone-setter and model for a young group that includes Harold Landry, Kamalei Correa, Sharif Finch and a draft pick. Sign Houston to a more reasonable deal that it will take to land Trey Flowers, and draft well out of a great defensive front group. [Unlocked]

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Adam Humphries, receiver, Buccaneers: A very productive receiver on a team with a lot of good ones. He’s a self-made guy who grew up on a team that’s had a lot of good receivers, arriving in Tampa Bay just after Jon Robinson left. I think his slot production could translate anywhere, no matter the quality of the receivers around him. Of course, he’s nothing close to Antonio Brown. But he’d give Marcus Mariota a super-reliable option. To me, they are more likely to get what Humphries did and more out of him in Tennessee than they are to get what Tyrell Williams did with the Chargers out of him in Tennessee, thus my choice. By I’m not averse to Williams.

Brent Urban, defensive lineman, Ravens: At 6-foot-7, 300-pounds he’s different than anything the Titans have up front. While he’s not put up giant numbers, neither have DaQuan Jones (safe because of his contract) or Austin Johnson. The Titans need something different in the mix-up front and defensive coordinator Dean Pees knows Urban well from time together in Baltimore. With that height, he can bat down some passes and force QBs to pull the ball down or change their trajectory at times. I suspect the Titans don’t put high-money value on this position, so Urban should be in a reasonable range for them.


I feel like the Titans are better off addressing OL with a Kevin Pamphile for depth in free agency and hitting the bigger issues in the draft.

I spoke to reporters around the country last week to dig into these three guys and seven others the Titans could be interested in, so if you missed that podcast, please check it out.

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