Cornerback should be high on Titans’ shopping list

Cornerback should be high on Titans’ shopping list

As expected, the Tennessee Titans have veteran cornerbacks on their radar as the free agency legal tampering period opens.

Among the players who are on the Titans radar appear to be Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye and New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. Both those players are expected to have plenty of suitors and command top dollar in the free agent market.

Tennessee also appears to have some interest in cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of the Cincinnati Bengals, though that has been termed as “hot and cold” by one league source.

Buffalo’s Stephon Gilmore is the other top-tier cornerback on the market, but it is not yet known what Tennessee’s level of interest in him is.

The Titans are likely to also take advantage of what is said to be a deep cornerback draft. Last year, in addressing needs, general manager Jon Robinson utilized both fronts to replenish the Titans roster.

The cornerback position was in disarray and very patchwork at the end of the season last year. Veteran Jason McCourty, who has a $7 million base salary in the final year of his contract, was shut down with a shoulder injury, while Perrish Cox had been outright released with a month left in the season.

That left the Titans to use untested fifth-round pick LeShaun Sims at one cornerback spot with nickelback Brice McCain manning the other side, and Valentino Blake coming onto the field on the outside in sub-packages. Blake is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday.

Elsewhere, regarding their own free agents, the Titans “are still in the mix” to keep veteran Anthony Fasano, despite reported interest from the New York Giants. Fasano, 32, is regarded as one of the NFL’s top blocking tight ends, something the Titans have come to rely on with their run-based offense.

Also, the Titans may consider safety Rashad Johnson for a return. Johnson proved valuable as a veteran presence and mentoring influence. There could be other teams who will inquire about Johnson, however, as well.

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