Desmond King had quite an interesting year after being traded to the Tennessee Titans right before the deadline. The trade made sense, as King’s contract ended this season, and he’s not someone who could immediately help the Los Angeles Chargers with their rebuild. King will be a highly targeted player in the 2021 NFL free agency.
With that said, King stepped up big time for the Titans while Adoree’ Jackson sat out with an injury. King was able to record 31 total tackles, two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a nine-game time span. Considering how bad the Titans’ pass defense was last year, King was one of the few bright spots this season.
As we enter the 2021 NFL free agency, several teams need help with their pass defense. King has the size, speed, and mentality to be a great slot-corner for any franchise. Here are four potential landing spots for Desmond King.
NFL Free Agency: Most Likely Desmond King Destinations
The Titans’ cornerback situation is rather interesting. Right now, Jackson is back healthy and will be the starter next year, while Kristian Fulton will likely be demanding more playing time. On the other hand, Malcolm Butler is getting up there in age and is worth a pretty penny. It’s still unclear whether the front office wants to bring Butler back next year or not.
With that said, no matter what the Titans do with Butler, bringing back King is a logical decision. Having four solid corners these days goes a long way, especially since the NFL is a passing league. Bringing back King would give the Titans defense some familiarity, as he already knows the playbook and can help the team improve.
Also factoring in the Titans’ biggest need is a consistent pass rusher, Tennessee won’t want to use a high draft pick on a CB. Brining back Desmond King gives the Titans the freedom to fill other holes in the draft. If the Titans hope to win a Super Bowl within the next few years, they should highly consider re-signing King in the 2021 NFL free agency.
The Detroit Lions were easily one of the worst teams in the league in 2020. Not only was their offense mediocre, but their defense was just plain awful. They finished with the most total yards allowed (6,716), 30th in passing yards allowed (4,558), 28th in rushing yards allowed (2,158), and allowed the most points of any team (519).
Clearly, this franchise needs help in the worst way possible, and signing Desmond King makes sense for the Lions’ 2021 NFL free agency. During the 2020 NFL draft, the Lions selected Jeff Okudah, one of the most hyped-up CB rookies we’ve seen since Jalen Ramsey. Okudah only played nine games but proved the Lions were right in taking him third overall last year. With 47 total tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception, we’ve only seen the beginning of what this young man can do.
However good Okudah is, he’s only one person and he can’t do it all by himself. For the Lions to sign Desmond King, it would bring in another consistent CB to play alongside their young superstar. He’d be the perfect match to boost the Lions pass defense and allow Detroit to draft a defensive lineman as well.
Of the teams on this list, the Denver Broncos probably have the best defense. Their passing defense was mediocre, as they allowed 3,807 yards through the air, ranking them 16th in the league. With the Broncos’ pass defense in the middle of the pack, signing Desmond King would put them over the top in that area.
This would be a fantastic move, especially if the front office can re-sign Justin Simmons. Having two solid corners in King, and AJ Bouye, with Simmons roaming as the safety, Denver would be a difficult team to throw against. This would be the best-case scenario, as the Broncos face Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert twice a year each.
2021 NFL free agency is incredibly important for the Broncos this year, and signing King would be a huge help. With the number of weapons they have on offense, along with Von Miller, and Jurrell Casey coming back healthy next year, the future is looking rather bright in Denver.
Las Vegas Raiders
After an up and down season, the Las Vegas Raiders wound up having one of the worst defenses this year. Ending within the bottom 10 in nearly every category, this franchise is in desperate need of help. With the AFC West being one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL, the Raiders really need to nail the 2021 NFL free agency period.
With a relatively young secondary, the Raiders could really use Desmond King’s abilities. He’d step in as an immediate starter and could bounce from the outside to the slot seamlessly. A versatile weapon is exactly what Vegas needs to improve that defense.
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