Titans Likely To Let CB Verner Test The Free Agent Market

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NFL teams can begin using franchise and transition tags on Monday.

Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is expected to command big money in the open market, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

The bet here is the Titans let him test the market in free agency to gauge his real value. If he gets offered big money elsewhere, he’s likely gone.

The franchise tag would cost the Titans roughly $11.2 million, and that’s a hefty price tag on a one-year deal, especially since they are paying cornerback Jason McCourty an average of $8.608 million per year.

Titans’ Kamerion Wimbley Wants To Be on Team Next Season

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In 2013, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley recorded just three sacks and 24 tackles — failing the expectations the Titans had when signing him to a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2012 season. Wimbley became a situational pass rusher and was not on the field every play over the course of the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wimbley was on the field just 33.1% of the time during the course of a football game, taking 390 total defensive snaps 268 of them on pass plays.

Wimbley is reportedly excited to get to work with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Also, Wibley is happy about some potential changes in the defensive scheme under coordinator Ray Horton, who specializes in the 3-4 defense which is the same defense Wimbley played in during his time with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

Wimbley is scheduled to make $6 million in 2014, and with a lack of success last season, are the Titans going to want the pass rusher back?

“I would love to be back, and I expect to be back in a Titans uniform,’’ Wimbley told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “They are doing some exciting things. My contract is not up, and I am training as hard if not harder than I’ve trained any other offseason.”

Prior to his time with the Titans, Wimbley was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Wimbley recorded 42.5 sacks in a six year span. His best production came when Wimbley was an outside linebacker.

The temptation to keep Wimbley is there but have the Titans seen enough to release the veteran?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

2014 NFL Free Agents – Titans Have $6.9 Mil Of Cap Space

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Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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Titans Add Nick Eason As Defensive Assistant Coach

Nick Eason

The Titans have added another coach to the staff, as the team announced today they have hired former player Nick Eason as assistant defensive line coach.

The 33-year-old Eason played in the NFL with the Broncos, Cleveland, the Steelers and wrapped up his career playing for new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

Former Defensive Senior Assistant Gregg Williams Joins Rams

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the St. Louis Rams will be adding former defensive senior assistant Gregg Williams as the team’s defensive coordinator.

If you remember when Jeff Fisher got the job two seasons ago, Williams was his first choice to coach the defense but when the defensive-minded coach was suspended for an entire season, the Rams went in the direction of Tim Walton. Williams stepped back into the NFL in 2013 as the Tennessee Titans‘ senior assistant defensive coach.

Williams will now make his way back to defensive coordinator status. His last time coordinating a defense ended badly as he and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton were suspended for an entire season for bountygate.

Williams will get his shot again against one of the rising defenses in the entire league. How will the 55-year-old coach fare?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

Former Broncos RB Davis Questions Chris Johnson’s Effort

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Former Broncos running back and Super Bowl hero Terrell Davis questions the effort of Titans running back Chris Johnson this season according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.

“When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him,” Davis said. “And I never, ever want to question somebody’s effort. But … the tape, it doesn’t lie. And I don’t see the desire I saw when he was Chris Johnson, the no-big-contract Chris Johnson.” Davis, who now works for the NFL Network as an analyst, was asked about Johnson as part of the Super Bowl media blitz and his comments have been echoed by other observers. Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson 30th out of 32 running backs in yards after contact in 2013. According to Davis, CJ2K is no longer “willing to bang your head against the wall if the wall is not breaking down.”

Johnson is still young enough to prove that Davis is wrong in his evaluation but his next chance will not likely be in Tennessee. Most NFL sources expect the Titans to cut ties with the running back this offseason.

Chris Johnson To Have Surgery On Torn Meniscus In Knee

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Workhorse back Chris Johnson gutted out most of the season playing with a torn meniscus in his knee.

He will have surgery on the knee this week to get it fixed. Finally.

Johnson told The Tennessean he suffered the injury in Week 3.

“It’s nothing major,” he said in a text message to the Tennessean, a paper in Nashville. “People don’t know I been playing with it since week 3 of the season.”

Johnson rushed for 90 yards in Tennessee’s 20-17 Week 3 victory over the Chargers.

The three-time Pro Bowler is expected to need at least a month to recover from the operation, according to multiple media reports.

The 28-year-old rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Titans Hire UCLA DC Lou Spanos As LB Coach

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The Titans have hired Lou Spanos as linebackers coach, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Spanos has coached 17 years in the NFL. The past two seasons he was defensive coordinator at UCLA. Prior to that he was linebackers coach with the Redskins and Steelers.

Spanos worked with new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in Pittsburgh.

“He has put together a great body of work during his career,’’ Whisenhunt said. “In his extended time in Pittsburgh working with Dick LeBeau, he gained a tremendous amount of experience and contributed to some of the best defensive teams in the league. As defensive coordinator at UCLA, he again showed he is a good teacher and leader and we are lucky to have him working with our linebackers.”