The Tennessee Titans are shifting to its first offseason under a new regime, which means head coach Ken Whisenhunt has decisions to make on the outlook of his team.
After finishing 6-10 in 2012, the Titans spent over $100 million the very next offseason to win only one more game in 2013.
Now, with stud cornerback Alterraun Verner and veteran leader Bernard Pollard up for free agency, Tennessee has plenty of decisions to make.
Free agent Kenny Britt is likely gone after a tumultuous season with the Titans. Tennessee can cut Chris Johnson, who’s due to make $10 million in 2014, according to Spotrac. Cutting Johnson would save the Titans $6 million.
The only decline in Johnson’s play was his average yards per carry, which was 3.9. The star running back scored 10 total touchdowns, his most in the past two seasons and he rushed for over 1,000 yards for the sixth consecutive year.
On defense, Kamerion Wimbley should be on the chopping block as well. Despite the Titans moving to a 3-4 front, which Wimbley should thrive in, Tennessee simply can’t afford to pay him. He’s due $7.8 million, according to Spotrac, and the Titans can save $3.6 million by cutting him.
Wimbley notched a career-low 11 tackles in 2014, with three sacks and has been severely underwhelming since taking the field in Tennessee, from ESPN.com.
Arguably the biggest decision Tennessee has to make is on Jake Locker’s future with the Titans. He’s in the last year of his rookie deal, but Tennessee has a $13 million option on the injury-prone quarterback. Locker hasn’t played an entire season in his three years as a pro and is in a difficult position under a new head coach.
The Titans haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008 and have just one winning season since then. Can general manager Ruston Webster and Whisenhunt change their fortunes? Tennessee will have to move past their previous free agent misses in order to turn this struggling franchise around.