Titans Get a Visit From Former Texans WR Andre Johnson

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Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson visited the Titans on Tuesday, a team source told Jason Wolf of the Tennessean.

The sides have not advanced to discussing a possible contract.

Johnson, 35, who spent his first 12 NFL seasons with the Texans, managed just 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Colts. But he’d provide a veteran presence and dependable target for second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The Titans’ wide receiving corps was among the least productive in the league last season. Tennessee signed former Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews this offseason and used a fifth-round draft pick on former University of Massachusetts receiver Tajae Sharpe, who was running with the first team by the end of offseason workouts.

NFL Announces Three Titans Games to Be Shown in Full on YouTube

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As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Titans games:

1999 AFC wild card — Titans vs. Bills (66%)

Music City Miracle

1999 AFC Championship Game — Titans vs. Jaguars (11%)

Beat Jaguars on road to get to Super Bowl.

2003 AFC wild card — Titans vs. Ravens (9%)

Titans last second FG to win, 20-17.

Titans Have to Figure Out How to Replace Safety Michael Griffin

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The Titans are faced with replacing safety Michael Griffin, a two-time Pro Bowler who was released last week.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson said the team will consider all options, Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com reports.

“We have a lot of options,’’ Robinson said. “And there are certainly some guys on this football team that are capable of stepping in and we expect those guys to compete for that spot. And in free agency there’s some players, and in the draft, there’s some players. So there’s definitely several avenues we could go down.

“I don’t know if you ever fill a Michael Griffin or replace a Michael Griffin, you just hope somebody can pick up the torch and carry it like he did.”

Robinson didn’t discuss specific options outside the team. But he made it clear the Titans were thankful for Griffin’s contributions over the years. The Titans released Griffin early so he’d have a better chance to find a new home long before free agency begins in March.

“I know he’s been a Pro Bowl player here, a fixture in the community, he’s been a staple in that secondary for a lot of years,’’ Robinson said of Griffin. “It was certainly a tough decision, one that Mike (Mularkey) and I talked about extensively.

“In the end it was a decision we felt was best for the team, and in talking to Michael we felt it was only fair to him, although hard to swallow, teams are going to start filling their rosters in March and obviously April with the draft. For what he has done for this team and this community, we wanted to do what’s fair for him and his family, to give him a chance to have 31 other teams evaluate him and try to work on something for him, so he has a chance to continue his career. We didn’t feel it was fair for him to let that go later on.”

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil the Early Favorite to Go Number One in the Draft

The early favorite for the Titans’ choice as the No.1-overall draft pick is Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil according to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider.

In a perfect world, the Titans would prefer to trade down to reap a bounty of draft choices from some team desperate to land a franchise quarterback but at this point there do not seem to be any Jameis Winston/Marcus Mariota/Andrew Luck caliber prospect available in the 2016 draft. Tunsil would be the perfect fallback option.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Tunsil is considered a rare “dancing bear” athlete for the left tackle spot. In this scenario, current Titans LT Taylor Lewan would kick to right tackle, upgrading two positions.

Titans With Interest in Free Agent Running Back Doug Martin?

The Titans may be interested in signing impending free agent running back Doug Martin away from the Buccaneers according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider.

It doesn’t sound like McCormick has any real evidence of this move but he highlights several intriguing factors. New Titans general manager Jon Robinson was hired away from the Bucs and is obviously familiar with Martin’s body of work.

The Titans have a pile of cash to spend in free agency and a desperate need at running back as none of the current options on the roster-which include 2014 draft bust Bishop Sankey, veteran third-down back Dexter McCluster, rookie David Cobb, and pedestrian Antonio Andrews-seem capable of grabbing the starting job.

Andrews led that uninspiring group with 520 yards on 143 carries this past season. For perspective, consider that rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was the Titans’ second-leading rusher with 252 yards on just 34 attempts despite missing several games.

For his part, Martin has expressed his desire to re-sign in Tampa. Running backs have a notoriously short shelf life in the NFL, however, and no one could blame Martin for opting for the biggest payday available.

Titans Announce Dick LeBeau as New Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach

Dick LeBeau

The Titans lost Ray Horton to the Browns on Wednesday, but quickly moved to announce a new DC as well as assistant head coach, as the team has promoted Hall of Famer Dick Lebeau to both roles.

LeBeau served with Horton in 2015, and now with Horton gone, it should be interesting to see what the Titans D looks like moving forward, and if the team runs more of the defense the Steelers ran through his time with the team in the 1990’s and 2000’s when he was there defensive coordinator.

Titans Announce GM Ruston Webster Won’t Be Back for 2016 Season

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It’s black Monday in the NFL, and the Titans are among the teams that will look to make changes. Already the club will look to talk to possible head coaches, but today the team announced that GM Ruston Webster won’t be back next season.

The team also announced that Steve Underwood has been permanently promoted to President and CEO.

Owner Amy Adams Strunk put out the following statement on the moves:

“Today, I am glad to announce that Steve Underwood will be continuing in his role as our president and chief executive officer on a permanent basis,” said Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk. “I have had ongoing discussions with Steve on this issue for a while, and I feel his leadership is vital in order to move us forward. He has brought much-needed stability to our organization, and I look forward to progress that will be made under his leadership.

“Additionally, I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts with our franchise, as he is a man of great character and integrity and someone for whom we I have tremendous respect. Our mission is to become one of the elite franchises in the National Football League, and we have fallen short of this goal in recent years. We are in the search process for our head coaching and general manager positions. We share our fans’ frustration about the team’s recent performance, and we are committed to doing everything we can to return our team to a perennial postseason contender.”

Titans at Colts NFL Week 17 Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Kendall Wright, WR Damaris Johnson, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Josh Aubrey, LT Taylor Lewan, DE Ropati Pitoitua

Colts inactives: QB Stephen Morris, QB Matt Hasselbeck, QB. Andrew Luck, S Winston Guy, LB Sio Moore, LB Trent Cole, DL Kelcy Quarles