Grading the Titans and the Other AFC South Teams in Free Agency


Houston Texans

Unsigned players: OLB Kevin Bentley (UFA), DE Jarvis Green (UFA), CB Karl Paymah (UFA).

Key arrivals: Ex-Browns FB Lawrence Vickers, Aug. 3 (two years, $3 million, $500,000 signing bonus); Ex-Bears UFA P Brad Maynard, Aug. 1; UFA CB Johnathan Joseph, July 29 (five years, $48.75 million, $23.5 million guaranteed, $12.5 million signing bonus); Ex-Bears SS Danieal Manning, July 29 (four years, $20 million, $9 million guaranteed).

Key departures: UFA DE Mark Anderson, Aug. 5 (to Patriots); UFA S Bernard Pollard, Aug. 4 (to Ravens); UFA FB Vonta Leach, July 31 (to Ravens); Released WR David Anderson, July 30 (to Broncos); Released DT Amobi Okoye, July 30 (to Bears); Released QB Dan Orlovsky, July 29 (to Colts); UFA OLB Zac Diles, July 29 (to Rams); UFA P Matt Turk, July 29 (to Jaguars).

Key re-signings: UFA OG Kasey Studdard, July 31; RFA OG Mike Brisiel, July 31; UFA DT Tim Bulman, July 29; UFA OT Rashad Butler, July 29 (two years, $3.8 million); UFA WR Jacoby Jones, July 29 (three years, $10.5 million, $3.5 million guaranteed); UFA DT Damione Lewis, July 29 (one year); UFA QB Matt Leinart, July 29.

Grade: C+

Comment: One position that took a hit is fullback, where Vonta Leach left to join the Ravens. They filled the void with former Browns FB Lawrence Vickers. They also brought back Jacoby Jones at WR, and backup QB Matt Leinart. Probably their biggest FA pickup was former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph, who they gave $48.75 million to join the squad. They upgraded the punting position with former Bears punter Brad Maynard over Matt Turk.


Indianapolis Colts

Unsigned players: DE Keyunta Dawson (UFA), S Aaron Francisco (UFA), OLB Tyjuan Hagler (UFA), S Ken Hamlin (UFA), RB Mike Hart (UFA), RB Dominic Rhodes (UFA), CB Mike Richardson (UFA), TE Gijon Robinson (UFA), TE Tom Santi (UFA), S Jamie Silva (UFA).

Key arrivals: Ex-Eagles LB Ernie Sims, Aug. 2; ex-Falcons DE Jamaal Anderson, Aug. 1; ex-Texans QB Dan Orlovsky, July 30.

Key departures: UFA OT Charlie Johnson, Aug. 1 (to Vikings); UFA DT Daniel Muir, July 31 (to Rams); Released CB Kelvin Hayden, July 30; UFA OLB Clint Session, July 29 (to Jaguars).

Key re-signings: UFA DT Antonio Johnson, July 31; RFA DT Eric Foster, July 31; FFA QB Peyton Manning, July 30 (five years, $90 million); UFA RB Joseph Addai, July 30; UFA S Melvin Bullitt, July 29 (three years).

Grade: C

Comment:The Colts offseason was more about getting their own players back, which was shown by inking Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai and Melvin Bullitt. They feel that just getting healthy will go a longer way than adding a bunch of players from other teams. One departure to note was OLB Clint Session, who inked with the rival Jaguars. The Colts think if they can get their squad back to near 100 percent health, the offseason will be a success. Otherwise the team was rather quiet when it came to a ton of moves.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Unsigned players: MLB Kirk Morrison (UFA), DE Bryan Smith (UFA).

Key arrivals: UFA P Durant Brooks, Aug. 5 (two years); Ex-Jets UFA CB Drew Coleman, July 29 (three years, $7.4 million); Ex-Ravens UFA S Dawan Landry, July 29; Ex-Colts OLB Clint Session, July 29 (five years, $30 million, $11.5 million guaranteed); Ex-Bills UFA LB Paul Posluszny, July 29 (six years, $45 million, $15 million guaranteed); Ex-Packers OG Jason Spitz, July 29 (three years).

Key departures: UFA S Sean Considine, July 30 (to Panthers); UFA WR Mike Sims-Walker, July 29 (to Rams); Released DE Derrick Harvey, July 29 (to Broncos); Released OG Vince Manuwai, July 29; UFA P Adam Podlesh, July 29 (to Bears); UFA OLB Justin Durant, July 29 (to Lions); UFA QB Trent Edwards, July 28 (to Raiders).

Key re-signings: UFA QB Todd Bouman, Aug. 9; FFA TE Marcedes Lewis, Aug. 5 (five years, more than $34 million, $17 million guaranteed).

Grade: B

Comment: Like the overall direction of what the Jags did so far this offseason, as they helped their LB core a lot with grabbing Clint Session from the Colts and Paul Posluszny from the Bills. Those two can help the defense in a big way. They made TE Marcedes Lewis happy with a five-year deal, and didn’t lose all that much, making most of the Jags fans happy this offseason.


Tennessee Titans

Unsigned players: OLB Colin Allred (UFA), DE Marques Douglas (UFA), CB Roderick Hood (UFA), WR Randy Moss (UFA-retired), S Donnie Nickey (UFA), QB Chris Simms (UFA), OLB Jamie Winborn (UFA).

Key arrivals: Ex-Seahawks UFA S Jordan Babineaux; Ex-Vikings UFA CB Frank Walker, Aug. 4; Ex-Broncos UFA TE Daniel Graham, July 31; Ex-Buccaneers UFA LB Barrett Ruud, July 30 (one year); Ex-Chiefs UFA DT Shaun Smith, July 29; Ex-Seahawks UFA QB Matt Hasselbeck, July 29.

Key departures: UFA TE Bo Scaife, Aug. 5 (to Bengals); UFA LB David Thornton retired, Aug. 5; UFA MLB Stephen Tulloch, July 31 (to Lions); UFA DE Jason Babin, July 29 (to Eagles); Cut QB Vince Young, July 28; Cut DT Tony Brown, July 28.

Key re-signings: UFA FB Ahmard Hall, Aug. 2; UFA DE Dave Ball, Aug. 2; UFA DE Jacob Ford, Aug. 1; UFA OG Leroy Harris, July 31 (two years); RFA LB Patrick Bailey, July 29; RFA OT Michael Otto, July 29; RFA LB Tim Shaw, July 29.

Grade: C

Comment: The Titans knew they needed some stability at QB, which is why they gave former Hawks QB Matt Hasselbeck a deal to mentor Jake Locker. They also got LB Barrett Ruud, who will be a leader at the LB spot, and veteran safety Jordan Babineaux. All good moves for a team that needs veteran leadership with a first year head coach in Mike Munchak. Two big losses were LB Stephen Tulloch who left for Detroit, and DE Jason Babin who had a huge 2010 leaving for the Eagles. The big story right now is they need to make Chris Johnson happy and get him in camp.


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