The Tennessee Titans are looking to make some noise in 2019 with some of the moves they made this offseason. Mike Vrabel’s first season as head coach in 2018 ended with disappointment, but this year could be different.
Earlier this offseason, the Titans addressed their need to get better on the offensive side of the ball. They would sign Rodger Saffold to help improve their offensive line alongside Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. In addition, Tennessee also drafted A.J. Brown and signed Adam Humphries to give Marcus Mariota more weapons on offense. Mariota is heading into the most important year of his career so far in 2019.
In 2018, the Titans showed their willingness to have their running game as the focal point of their offense. Led by Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, the Titans ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing offense.
For the most part, it seems like the Titans are set on the offensive side of the ball for each position. Their remaining needs before the 2019 season begins lies on the defensive side of the ball. In particular, their defensive line could use some work to help Jurrell Casey and Cameron Wake.
So who could the Titans sign to help bulk up their defensive front? There are a few players who come to mind, but one player who could be the best option for Tennessee is Corey Liuget. Liuget has been a mainstay on the Los Angeles Chargers defensive line for eight seasons.
The former Chargers defensive tackle averaged three sacks, 26 tackles, and seven tackles for loss over his first eight seasons. He is currently a free agent after the Chargers decided to let him walk in free agency.
Teams in the NFL have been wary of signing Liuget due to his recent injury issues. Last season, Liuget’s season ended after he tore his quad muscle. Thus, any team who may consider signing Liuget will want to be cautious with him to start the season.
Over the course of his eight-year career, Liuget has earned the reputation of being a formidable run-stopper. And of course, that’s exactly what Tennessee could use in the middle of their defense.
Again, Casey is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL but the Titans lack depth behind him. Additionally, the Titans weren’t terrible, nor great against the run during the 2018 season.
Furthermore, Tennessee ranked 18th against the run last year. Make no mistake, the Titans could absolutely use Liuget on their defensive line.
The veteran defensive tackle may be coming off of an injury but he could still play a crucial role in the defense. Liuget may be 29 years old but he still has a ton to offer to any team willing to scoop him up.
The other defensive linemen still available in free agency who could help the Titans includes Muhammad Wilkerson, Derrick Morgan, and Nick Perry. Although, Liuget fits the Titans better than the other few guys do according to need.
Tennesse would be remiss to not consider Liuget as an option for their defensive line this offseason. After all, they could use all of the help they can get alongside Casey and Wake if they hope to contain Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck.