The Titans are searching for an identity and bringing in some of Dick LeBeau’s former players from Pittsburgh will inject some toughness and talent on defense. Worilds recorded 59 tackles, 7.5 sacks and an interception for the Steelers in 2014. He’ll be 27 at the start of next season and is right in the middle of his prime.
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C Rodney Hudson
Incumbent starter Brian Schwenke is coming off a torn MCL suffered in November and even before his injury, his play didn’t guarantee him a starting spot in 2015. The Titans want to improve their offensive line, and signing Rodney Hudson away from the Chiefs will go a long way. The 25-year-old helped anchor Kansas City’s offensive line the past two seasons, and he graded out as the third-best center in the NFL in 2014 according to Pro Football Focus. Hudson's addition would help turn Tennessee’s offensive line from a liability into an asset.
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RT Bryan Bulaga
The second and most-important piece in the rebuild of Tennessee's offensive line. The Titans need a tackle with the retirement of Michael Roos. Taylor Lewan figures to slide over the left side in his second season, but that leaves right tackle vacant. Tennessee should opt for a veteran presence and Bulaga is the best of the bunch. The Packers are willing to let Bulaga test the opening market, and the bidding will likely be steep, but this is a player who would provide stability and an instant upgrade up front.
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FS Devin McCourty
In a surprise move, the Patriots bypassed applying the franchise tag to standout safety Devin McCourty. That means, in all likelihood, he’ll hit the open market and when he does, he’ll become the top player at a thin free safety position in free agency. Other teams like Jacksonville are also expected pursue McCourty heavily, but Tennessee has a not-so-secret recruiting weapon in McCourty’s twin brother, Jason. If Jason can convince Devin to join him in Nashville, it will give Dick LeBeau the safety his defense needs.
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DT Ndamukong Suh
The biggest fish in the free-agent pond. Suh undoubtedly will have most of the NFL after him, but the Titans have the cash available to make a strong bid. Team CEO Tommy Smith wants a smashmouth football team. Suh brings that aggression, sometimes to an extreme. A defensive line led by Suh and Jurrell Casey would give Dick LeBeau some tantalizing options and also might free the Titans to trade back from the No. 2 selection to acquire more picks in the draft. If Tennessee is serious about competing, making a big play for Suh sends that message.