The Tennessee Titans are fresh off an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, something no one in the NFL thought would be possible in 2019. Even though Tennessee didn’t ultimately win the AFC South division with the Houston Texans also reaching the postseason, it took the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and an AFC Championship Game matchup on the road at Arrowhead Stadium to oust the pesky Titans.
After winning nine regular-season games and another two postseason games before unfortunately coming up short against the heavily favored Chiefs, who the Titans actually defeated at home during the regular season, Tennessee will no doubt head into 2020-21 with some serious confidence. Not only that, but Tennessee got hot right at the perfect time en route to defeating both the heralded New England Patriots and top-seeded Baltimore Ravens on the road come playoff time as the Titans will surely bring this momentum into the upcoming campaign.
However, no team is perfect as the Titans will be forced to deal with some talented opponents both within the AFC South and AFC as a whole. As a result, no team in the league ever has enough pass rushing as the Titans are no exception to this rule. Because Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers and Deshaun Watson reside in the AFC South with the likes of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson also in the mix in the AFC, the Titans should still bolster the team’s defensive front by adding a high-profiled pass rusher before this offseason comes to an end.
Luckily for Tennessee, the Titans still possess the opportunity to sign former Texans and Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who has actually been linked to the AFC South franchise throughout this offseason. With Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson repeatedly telling reporters that the team continues to monitor this situation, perhaps it is time to finally pull the trigger.
With Clowney already turning down several lucrative offers, one of which came from the up-and-coming Cleveland Browns, his arrival in Tennessee could bring the Titans to the top of the heap in the AFC alongside the aforementioned Chiefs and Ravens. With Clowney turning down offers from other teams and a reunion in Seattle seeming less and less likely by the day, this could potentially become a match made in heaven. As the Titans can use all the pass rushing help that they can get in addition to having the money to pay Clowney both now and moving forward, Tennessee would provide the veteran defender will the chance to win a Super Bowl right off the bat.
It is worth noting two things, though, as the Titans did make a point to solidify the team’s pass rushing prowess this offseason. With a former second-round NFL Draft pick in Harold Landry already in place, the Titans went out and signed former Atlanta Falcons pass rusher Vice Beasley to a one-year deal. Additionally, the Titans have the team’s first-round pick from 2019 in defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons ready to take over up the middle in place of current Denver Broncos defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, who was traded away from Tennessee to presumably clear up some available salary cap space.