Titans trying to strike long-term deal with Alterraun Verner
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) The Titans are meeting with cornerback Alterraun Verner's agent at the combine in hopes of signing him to a long-term contract, reports the Tennessean. There's still work to do, but at this point the team is not expected to slap the franchise tag on Verner.
The 25-year-old free agent made the Pro Bowl after intercepting five passes and defending 23 more.
Re-signing Alterraun Verner is key for Titans
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/6/14) Re-signing free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner should be the Titans' top priority, reports USA Today. Verner, 25, enjoyed a breakout season with five interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He made the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro second team.
Verner says he'd like to return to Tennessee but isn't afraid to test the market.
Coach hoping for May return for Jake Locker
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/31/14) New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes quarterback Jake Lockerwill return from a Lisfranc surgery in Week 10 in time to participate in organized team activities in May. But he does not want to rush him back.
"We're going to have to rein him in a little bit, not from the standpoint of trying to get better, but he probably wants to go right now - just in my sense to talking with him," Whisenhunt told The Tennesseean. "But Jake has to be healthy. We want him to be 100 percent. ... There will be plenty of time to get him on the field."
Locker played in just seven games in 2013 and struggled after a strong start. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,256 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
Michael Griffin contemplating future with Titans.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/18/14) Titans free safety Michael Griffinwonders if he will be back in 2014 despite coming off a strong season in which he recorded 103 tackles, his highest total since 2010. His worried are based not on performance, but on economics.
"I realize I count $8 million toward the salary cap, so I have to worry about myself," he told The Tennesseean. "At the end of the day, I am questioning my fate. You have to ask yourself, do they think you are worth that?"
Griffin, who managed just one interception in 2013, is due salaries exceeding $6 million in each of the next three years.
Two Titans signed to reserve/futures contracts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/3/14) The Titans have signed rookie fullback/tight end Jason Schepler and defensive end Marcus Dixon to reserve/futures contracts. Only the latter has NFL experience. He played in 22 games for the Jets from 2010 to 2012.
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The Titans DST isn't bad, though the stats might not support such a statement. Totaling 39 sacks and 19 interceptions, the squad totaled five defensive touchdowns and a nutty four scores on returns (three by Darius Reynaud). But it still wasn't enough for them to finish as a Top 12 option as they ranked 26th against the pass and 24th against the run. The numbers are surprising considering the overall types of talent they have in all three levels of the defense but the reality is they've struggled to stay disciplined and have found ways to give up gobs of yardage and points despite the perceived talent (a league-worst 29.4 points per game!). You might find yourself picking the Titans up off waivers as a one-week replacement option or if they can put up a strong start but don't draft them. (Updated 5/15/13)