The March 11 start of NFL free agency is almost upon us.
So this week we’ll look at 10 free agents I think should get a look from the Titans. It may wind up being nine. T.J. Ward was on my list, but as the Titans have re-signed Bernard Pollard, they won't be shopping for a strong safety.
Moving on, in no particular order ...
Lamarr Houston, DE, Oakland
Drafted: Second-round pick by Oakland out of Texas in 2010.
Career: Four seasons with 64 games and 59 starts with 16.5 sacks.
2013: Started 16 games at right end in Oakland’s 4-3, with six sacks and two forced fumbles.
From ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez: “Lamarr was a standout on the Raiders’ defensive line after making the switch to right defensive end from the left side. Four of his career-high six sacks came in the season’s first half. His strength is his motor, his weakness is he’s kind of a tweener in a 4-3 defense, not really stout enough to play inside every down, but not really an edge-rusher, either. The Raiders have said they want to keep him; he made noise after the season finale that he thinks the Raiders will move on from him and his skill set. Great locker-room guy. Silent and measured, as opposed to his on-field demeanor.”
From ESPN.com’s resident scout Matt Williamson: “There are not many defensive linemen like Houston. He excels as a base defensive end in a 4-3, can play end in a 3-4 and is an excellent interior pass-rusher on passing downs. An outstanding athlete for his size, Houston's best football might be ahead of him.”
PFF says: No. 6 edge defender.
My rationale: A great locker-room guy who can play end in a 4-3 or 3-4 and is only 26? I think he’s highly regarded by a lot of people around the league and will draw a lot of interest. The Titans should be in the field for him.