2013 Cap hit for all CBs – $8.6m (8.0% of team spend) Players under contract: Jason McCourty (6’0”, 188) – 25 years old 2013 Cap Number - $6.8m ($5m salary + $1.8m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $8.3m ($3.5m salary + $1.8m SB pro-rata + $3m roster bonus) 2015 Cap Number – $8.6m ($6.8m salary + $1.8m SB pro-rata) Alterraun Verner (5’10”, 187) – 24 years old 2013 Cap Number - $0.706m ($0.575m salary + $0.131 SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – UFA Tommie Campbell (6’3”, 205) – 25 years old 2013 Cap Number – $0.566m ($0.555m salary + $0.011m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $0.656m ($0.645m salary + $0.011m SB pro-rata) 2015 Cap Number – UFA Coty Sensabaugh (5’11”, 189) – 24 years old 2013 Cap Number – $0.588m ($0.480m salary + $0.108m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $0.678m ($0.570m salary + $0.108m SB pro-rata) 2015 Cap Number – $0.768m ($0.660m salary + $0.108m SB pro-rata) Expired contracts Ryan Mouton 3 burning questions 1. How good really is Alterraun Verner? It’s a really tough question. All logic would indicate that he is best suited inside, but he did have a pretty sound year on the outside and continues to be the best tackler in our secondary. With him about to go into the final year of his contract, the Titans need to make their mind up in a hurry. With both Britt and Roos coming off contract next season as well, Franchise Tag won’t be an option if they want to keep Verner and they can’t afford to give him McCourty money. Chances are this may be his last season as a Titan. Which is a shame because I thought he clearly outplayed McCourty this season. 2. Is the Tommie Campbell experiment already over? It was always a wild card and he was a great story for a while, but he hasn’t been a consistent performer when he has played and he is clearly behind Sensabaugh on the depth chart now. He has great measurable, but I can’t see him ever progressing beyond #5 CB and ST player. 3. Is Sensabaugh starter material? He performed pretty well for a rookie after winning the nickleback job of Mouton mid-season. His man coverage skills are pretty good, however he did struggle to locate the ball in flight and as a result didn’t break up or pick off many passes. Hopefully he develops in this area as he progresses. He is virtually the same size as Verner, so may also be best suited inside long-term. Free Agency: CB, like DE is a position that attracts incredibly large Free Agent deals that end up looking very ill-advised (McCourty fits that bill as well in my view). There are a number of guys available who will command huge contracts that I don’t see us playing in. Brent Grimes Cary Williams Leodis McKelvin Captain Munnerlyn Kelvin Hayden Terrence Newman Sheldon Brown Mike Jenkins Tracy Porter Chris Houston Brice McCain Darius Butler Derek Cox Reshean Mathis Sean Smith Jamarca Sanford Aqib Talib Kyle Arrington Ron Bartell Joselio Hanson Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Will Allen Antoine Cason Quentin Jammer Cedric Griffin Possible Cap Casualties (cap hit for 2013 in parentheses): Nnamdi Asomugha ($15m) Corey Webster ($9.9m) Potential Draft Targets: A CB at #10 (Milliner) is certainly not out of the question. Judging by past history, picking a CB at some stage of the draft is almost a certainty. Dee Milliner, Alabama Xavier Rhodes, Florida State Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State David Amerson, NC State Tharold Simon, LSU Bidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut Marc Anthony, California Summary I think 3 of our top-4 CBs are already on our roster. McCourty, Verner and Sensabaugh are a good base. The question is do we add a 4th CB at the back end of that group, or a stud at the top end. There is no doubt our defense would benefit immensely from having a #1CB that is a man-coverage specialist and physical enough to match up with #1 receivers. McCourty isn’t that. He is a good solid starter, but he gives up too much cushion at times and is not strong at all in press coverage. Finnegan was exactly that, but with a 2013 cap hit of $15m, was unaffordable. Paying top dollar for a guy like that in Free Agency (e.g. Sean Smith) is a massive investment and I expect us to concentrate on the draft to try and secure a high calibre CB. My take Milliner is certainly in the frame to be our #1 pick, but I think at the end of the day, we target one of the lineman instead. I wouldn’t expect us to wait too long to address CB, however. We actually ranked pretty well at getting pressure on the QB this season, so our secondary needs to make plays with the ball in the air and they didn’t make enough of them this season. Obviously we have a massive issue at Safety, but a lockdown corner that doesn’t need safety help all the time can make the whole defense better. I think the Titans will draft a bigger CB in the 2nd or 3rd round like Amerson, Simon or Wreh-Wilson and hope to hit a home run.