The NFL offseason is officially here, which means it’s time to focus on what each franchise needs to do to improve. For the Tennessee Titans, the weaknesses are obvious; improve the pass rush. The Titans finished 30th in sacks with just 19 on the year. If they want to be a Super Bowl contender next year, they should be searching for help in the 2021 NFL free agency.
The Titans’ defense was rather unstable, which doesn’t bode well for their future. They gave up 6,372 total yards but were one of the best in the league in forcing turnovers with a total of 25. This shows the linebackers and the secondary were likely doing a pretty good job being in the right position all year.
With that said, upgrading the pass rush could boost the Titans’ defense significantly. The lack of pressure allowed opposing quarterbacks to pick apart the secondary. If Tennessee can garner more sacks in 2021 they could be a legitimate threat in the AFC.
The front office will likely be drafting a rookie prospect in the upcoming draft. However, this prospect won’t be the immediate fix the Titans need. Chase Young led all rookies last year in sacks with 7.5. That would be great for Tennessee but none of the pass rushers in this class are anywhere near Young’s talent level. For that reason, the Titans should be searching for an immediate improvement in the 2021 NFL free agency.
Here are five pass rushers the Titans should sign during the 2021 NFL free agency.
2021 NFL Free Agency: 5 Pass Rushers Tennessee Should Pursue
Playing for the Detroit Lions throughout his career, Romeo Okwara finally had a career season. Finishing with 44 total tackles and 10 sacks, Okwara will be a highly sought-after defensive lineman during the 2021 NFL free agency.
For the Titans, signing Okwara would make for an impressive acquisition. His 10 sacks this year nearly double Harold Landry’s production (5.5 sacks), making Okwara’s future in the NFL look even more bright. The Lions would be foolish to let Okwara walk, but there is a chance he wants to play for a franchise that is more playoff-ready.
Financially speaking, this is a signing that wouldn’t break the bank for the Titans. He’s not going to be receiving top dollar, which means he’s right in Tennessee’s price range. If this signage comes to fruition, the Titans immediately improve their weak pass rush.
Leonard Floyd was someone the fanbase was pulling for in the offseason of 2019. Instead, the Titans opted to sign Jadeveon Clowney. In hindsight, the front office should’ve signed Floyd, as he finished the year with an impressive 55 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. It was a great year for Floyd playing for the Los Angeles Rams.
This was a career year for Floyd, and considering he’s right in the prime of his career (currently 28 years old) he may be asking for a hefty contract. In comparison to Leonard Williams, Floyd’s contract will be a bit smaller, but he should still be receiving a nice payday in the 2021 NFL free agency.
Even so, the Titans front office should highly consider signing Leonard Floyd. He plays similar to Landry, which would give the Titans two solid edge rushers on the outside. Also, Floyd has phenomenal size (6’5, 240 lbs) and speed to beat nearly every offensive tackle in the league. This would be a great signing for the Titans.
After having a stellar season for the Cincinnati Bengals, Carl Lawson hits the 2021 NFL free agency market as a standout player. Many teams will come calling for Lawson after putting up a solid year. He finished with 36 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced tackles.
Had Lawson played for Tennessee this last season, he would’ve tied Landry as the sack leader for the team. He seems hungry and motivated to continue improving his game, which is the exact type of mentality this defense needs.
Lawson also has great versatility. He’s more likely to play putting his hand in the dirt with the D-line. However, he has the size and speed to be a mismatch for most offensive linemen in the NFL. He’s the same age as Okwara, which means he should be getting a decent-sized contract as well. Don’t be shocked if the Titans make a push for Lawson if he’s available in the 2021 NFL free agency.
A bit older than the rest of the names on this list, Olivier Vernon would be an excellent veteran to help improve the Titans’ pass-rushing needs. He had his best season since 2017 while playing for the Cleveland Browns this year. He wound up with 36 total tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Being a solid pass rusher throughout most of his career, Vernon still has plenty of juice left to be a viable option in the NFL. Considering he’ll be 31 next season, there’s a chance he’ll be a cheaper option than the other guys on this list, which bodes well for the Titans organization.
Vernon would be a fantastic signing for this franchise. He would provide the help this team needs on defense while being a leader for Harold Landry and whichever rookies join the team in the offseason. He would be a nice athlete the Titans could sign during the 2021 NFL free agency.
For Titans fans, this may be a name some will be unhappy to see on this list. However, there is reason to believe Clowney remains a Titan in 2021. After putting up just 19 total tackles, one forced fumble, and zero sacks, Clowney finished the 2020 season as the worst in his career.
With that said, Clowney has a great chance to redeem himself next year. He still demands double teaming from opposing offenses, and still applies constant pressure on quarterbacks. His real problem is that he can’t finish and make that sack. Due to his poor performance this season, the front office may be able to sign Clowney to a cheap deal.
If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you sign him? Not only does he give the Titans a competitive advantage while he’s on the field, but he would be opening up opportunities for the players around him. If this does happen, don’t be surprised if the Titans double-dip in pass rushers in the 2021 NFL free agency. Who wouldn’t love a Jadeveon Clowney/Leonard Floyd pairing in that front seven?
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