There's no sugarcoating it; the Titans wanted Suh and were pushing their chips in to land him. Suh just found a better option for himself. It happens.
The Titans are probably disappointed they didn't land this big fish. But once the emotions wear away, the Titans shouldn't sweat missing out on Suh. He was a "want" more than a "need."
The Titans will have a chance to be the glitz and glamour of the NFL if general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel lead them from playoff team to championship contender. Maybe then they'll be able to lure in all of their "wants," but right now it's about filling remaining holes.
To be honest, I'm not sure that Suh was a great fit for what the Titans are building anyway. Robinson is big on the team culture element and establishing a "we" instead of "me" mentality. But Suh would have been a big splash of talent, something the Titans will certainly need more of if they hope to lift a Lombardi Trophy. The combination of Suh and Jurrell Casey would have given the Titans one of the AFC's most intimidating defensive lines, but they'll forge ahead.
Titans first-year head coach Mike Vrabel was straightforward with reporters at the NFL owners meetings when asked about unsuccessfully recruiting Suh.
"We made a pitch for him and didn't get him. When you don't get him, you go on to the next process or plan of who you might need at that position," Vrabel said. "Guess we didn't do a good enough job recruiting him."
Vrabel was known as a good recruiter when he coached at Ohio State, but I'm not sure if the Titans could have done more to land Suh besides blowing him away with more cash. It always seemed like Suh was leaning toward joining Sean McVay's Rams.
The next best available free agent is nose tackle Johnathan Hankins, who probably is a better fit, albeit a lesser player, than Suh. Hankins played for Vrabel for two years at Ohio State and would provide the Titans a strong presence to fit between Casey and DaQuan Jones.
But the Titans shouldn't sweat it if they don't get Hankins either. Defensive line was never a huge need, and it's an area where they can always add depth and competition in the draft. The Titans ranked fourth in run defense with many of these same pieces in 2017.
Vrabel says he "loves the guys we have," and there's a good base there. Casey is a three-time Pro Bowler and top-10 player at his position. Jones is a strong run-stuffer who does a lot of the dirty work for the team. He was emerging as a pass-rusher, too, before tearing his biceps in December.
The most intriguing man in the room might be 2016 second-round pick Austin Johnson, who will now have the opportunity to play a much bigger role after a quiet first two seasons. Vrabel talked him up, citing his readiness to play and take that next step in his career.
Losing out on Suh might be a little disappointing for the Titans, but they shouldn't sweat it overall.