NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans head into the two-day pre-free agent negotiating period that starts Monday with their biggest need list in recent memory.

They could still re-sign one or two of their own people.

But at this point, they have significant roster holes at edge, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line, cornerback and inside linebacker. They need multiple people at some of those spots. They have secondary issues with depth at safety and on the offensive line.


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Only at running back are they in good shape.

I've seen plenty of these guys play and have now talked to some people, read a ton of reviews and looked at a bit more.

Now, here is my guide as to who I can see them targeting and a few guys I hope they will shoot for in the days ahead.

Keep in mind that receiver and edge are strong positions in free agency and cornerback is OK while defensive line, tight end and linebacker are not great.

Prices are estimated annual averages from Spotrac (ST) and Pro Football Focus (PFF).

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HuttonTitansRadioNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jonathan Hutton, who’s been part of Titans' broadcasts on the radio for 15 years, is out as part of the Titans Radio team.

Hutton is a close friend who I worked with for nine years on The Midday 180 on The Zone, the Titans' flagship, and with whom I will co-host OutKick 360 along with Chad Withrow beginning on March 15.

A good segment of the fan base saw him as a solid candidate to ultimately succeed Mike Keith as the team’s radio play-by-voice someday.

Perhaps he still will be as Keith, recently elevated to vice president of broadcasting by the franchise, is a long way from done.

“I was aware there was a possibility I wouldn’t be allowed back when I chose to leave104.5 The Zone in January for Outkick,” Hutton said. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Adoree’ Jackson’s knee injury was the biggest mystery of the Titans’ 2020 season.

He practiced during training camp but when the Titans began their official practice week for Week 1’s Monday night game at Denver, Jackson appeared on the Friday, Sept. 11 injury report with a knee injury as a limited participant. He did not participate the next day and was ruled out for the game.


The Titans put him on IR the day they played the Broncos, Sept. 14. 

He was designated for return on Oct. 21 but he wasn’t activated until Nov. 11 and he didn’t play until Dec. 20, Week 15.

With Jackson still out for five games after he was activated the Titans needed three starts from Breon Border and one from Tye Smith.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Malcolm Butler arrived as a pricey free agent, I was skeptical.

In my view, big expenditures are for special skills, and while Butler was certainly skilled when he arrived in Nashville from New England on March 16, 2018, he did not come with blazing speed, great size or incredible feet.


He was, instead, lauded for being tough and smart.

Did the Titans get $36.48 million of tough and smart of out Butler in his three years?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The last we heard from Jon Robinson about Isaiah Wilson, he was confirming he had not spoken to the 28th overall pick in the 2020 draft since late November or early December and putting the onus on the right tackle for the possibility of him resurfacing with the Titans.Wilson79DrinkGW

Pool photo: George Walker, The Tennessean

That’s not happening as Tennessee dealt him to the Dolphins Monday along with their 2022 seventh-round pick in exchange for Miami’s 2021 seventh-round pick.

New cars lose a lot of value when you drive them off the lot, but that’s nothing compared to this world record for the devaluation of a first-round commodity in 319 days.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Given a choice, NFL teams will almost always take youth and speed.

That’s why the presumption with the Titans at cornerback -- where they need stability, depth and talent but also likely have to save money – is that the team will stick with Adoree’ Jackson on his fifth-year option and could make a move with the pricey Malcolm Butler.


Doing so will require the franchise to force memories of 2020 out of their head. Butler was arguably the team’s best defensive player, ready to fight every week and doing all he could to set a tone for the defensive backfield typically unable to pick up on it.

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NFLNASHVILLE, Tenn. – There is increasing buzz that the coming purge of salaries around the NFL will be bigger in scope than we may have originally imagined.

That will make for a very fun and newsy free-agent period that will include the traditional early burst starting the afternoon of March 17.

It’s also certain to create some unconventional elements to this offseason.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We know the story well.

Shane Bowen’s point of emphasis for Harold Landry heading into 2020 was reducing his snaps.


“He played a lot of plays for us and he did, probably, too much -- that’s on me,” Bowen said. “But we’ve got to find ways to get some other guys that can take some stuff off of him too, and I’ve got to get those guys developed where we are trusting them, putting them in the game, where we feel like they can make plays for us. I’ve got to do a better job of not putting so much on him in terms of play count.”

That didn’t pan out. At all.

And so Landry, who played 986 snaps per Football Outsiders in 2019, was on the field for 1,050 in 2020.

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