Earlier this offseason, I wrote a story on how the Titans could address their interior defensive pass rush with Jeffery Simmons out.
Well now, there might be a quick answer.
Earlier today, the Packers released standout defensive tackle, Mike Daniels. Daniels was a mainstay on the Packers defense for some time. With the the 1 time Pro Bowler accumulating 236 tackles, 29 sacks, and 47 TFL over 7 total seasons with Green Bay.
But now that he’s on the open market, the Titans should do everything they can to get him on their roster.
Why should the Titans go after Daniels?
To put it straight, the Titans interior pass rush situation is poor outside of Jurrell Casey.
DaQaun Jones is a great run defender, but below average when it comes to rushing the passer. Brent Urban is only a depth piece that can’t be relied on too much. Even Austin Johnson is a guy battling for a roster spot. Even a guy like Matt Dickerson could contribute, but I would’t expect too much out of him
Like I said, it’s very poor.
But adding a guy like Mike Daniels, alongside Jurrell Casey, and you’re cooking something fierce.
You’re talking about taking some much needed pressure off Casey to be the only consistent interior, maybe even only consistent pass rush threat period.
Well, outside of Cameron Wake.
You’ll allow 2nd year pro Harold Landry to get settled in just a little bit easier as a full time 3-4 outside linebacker.
Even better, this would open up some new things for Dean Pees to do. He’d be able to even sit back and keep the aces up his sleeve hidden until the use of them are absolutely necessary.
How much of an impact could Daniels make?
Now I know I’m talking him up as some world beater, which he isn’t.
But adding him to this already marinating defensive line would be huge for this Titans defense, the secondary especially.
Daniels did only have 2 sacks last season and was going into 2019 with a base salary of $7.6M and a cap hit of $10M. This could be the motive of his release, considering the emergence of Kenny Clark as well.
But that shouldn’t scare off the Titans, not at this point. You need more production inside opposite Jurrell Casey. Depending on him like a pack mule has gone on for far too long.
The Titans have been looking at their defensive line though, more now with the news of Jurrell Casey starting training camp on the PUP list.
So make the move now Jon Robinson, as you need him more than any other contending team in the AFC.
If you let this chance slip by, then you could be looking at another year of lackluster production at the defensive tackle position.
Surely no one wants that, right?