COMMENTARY | Dan Hanzus released a list of potential cap casualties (found here) that could be sent into free agency this year including Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. However, instead of thinking about whom the Titans might be leaving behind, look at who the Titans could add.
These are the two potential cap casualties that could send the Titans to the playoffs next year.
His story: Suggs is looking at a $12.4 million paycheck in 2014 if the Ravens keep him on the roster. Not knowing him personally, Suggs doesn't seem like the person that would respond kindly to being asked to take a pay cut. With his compatriots (Ray Lewis, Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed) all gone to greener pastures, is it time for Suggs to move on as well?
This would certainly be the final move in the change of the old guard that Baltimore has been undergoing since their Super Bowl win after the 2012 NFL Season. However, it is hard to think that the Titans won't have competition for a pass rusher who has never had less than eight sacks in a full season.
Where he might land: There are two teams I see making a big play for Suggs in free agency other than the Titans. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets will definitely be in play, especially considering they will potentially have more money than they know what to do with (upwards of $50 million according to this site) if they cut Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes, David Harris, and Antonio Cromartie.
Another team that would make a big offer to Suggs might be the Indianapolis Colts. Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 and had front row seats to Suggs's 14 sack performance over that season. If the Colts can afford adding Suggs, then they would have Suggs and Robert Mathis which, while old, could be a devastating pass rush tandem.
Why the Titans could land him: New Tennessee Titans coach Ray Horton was the Defensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns last year, and got to see Suggs first hand twice. Aside from the Titans new DC likely having a glowing reputation of him, Suggs also has a man on the inside, Bernard Pollard.
While Pollard isn't under contract with the Titans, I'm not sure that any other team could possibly have more interest in him that Tennessee. Pollard was an outstanding leader last year, and his performance warrants a long-term contract. If that deal gets done, expect Pollard and Suggs to try to make this work.
Dallas Cowboys DE/OLB Demarcus Ware
His Story: I'm not sure if Hanzus has inside information on this move, but this is one that I didn't even consider. While Ware's performance hasn't exactly been inspired lately, I never really imagined him anywhere other than Dallas. However he has a good point here,
"The Cowboys are still a better defense with Ware on the edge, but a team edging into salary-cap hell might find it hard to hold on to an aging pass rusher due $12.25 million next season. Ware is not open to a pay cut, but would restructure his current deal, which has two years and $26 million remaining."
That is a tough pill to swallow cap-wise, especially after Jerry Jones gave Tony Romo a huge long-term contract.
Where he might land: While everyone will test the waters with Demarcus Ware, it helps that Wade Phillips isn't currently in the league. Phillips and Ware would be a devastating pair considering their history, and if he had stayed in Houston there is a strong chance that the Houston Texans could have ended up with J.J. Watt, Demarcus Ware and Jadeveon Clowney…think about that for a second.
Why the Titans could land him: Ware will likely limit his search to teams that run 3-4 schemes because (while he may say he likes the 4-3 defense) he has been truly unblockable as a 3-4 edge rusher for the better part of a decade. That narrows the list down considerably, and if the Titans are serious about adding pass rush help Ware, Brian Orakpo, and Suggs could all get the same offer and the Titans could just give the job to whoever signed the fastest. That deal would likely be for three or four years, which would seem like an eternity to Ware who most likely won't get a longer offer at his age.
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Will Lomas is a lead blogger for draftseason.com and a staff writer for SBNation's Tennessee Titans website Music City Miracles. Will is also the sports editor for the Tennessee Journalist, the University of Tennessee's online news source.
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