Roster Shake-Up Coming For The Titans

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith made it clear that major changes to the Titans’ roster are coming next year.

“The roster is going to look a lot different next year,” Smith told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday. “Players need to be playing to the best of their abilities right now, and that will determine their future. There may be some players whose contracts might be up, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be here. There may be some players with multiyear contracts, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be here.

“I can assure you this: I am committed to making this thing right. And we are going to build a team that this town and the fans can be proud of. I am going to build an organization and a team that is going to be known for winning, not losing. People will say, ‘How can you say that with a 2-10 team?’ I know there is a lot of work to do. It’s taking longer than I hoped. But this thing is going to get fixed.

Smith did, however, offer a vote of confidence for HC Ken Whisenhunt and GM Ruston Webster saying that he believes they are the right guy to have running the team.

Smith believes the Titans lack of quality depth has been exposed in recent weeks and is one of the primary reasons for their struggles.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN mentions that the Titans overhaul could start with 2013 free agent acquisition Andy Levitre as he hasn’t come anywhere near living up to his contract.

Another player who could be let go is RT Michael Oher, as he will have no guaranteed money included in his contract after this season.

Tennessee is likely to allow free-agents-to-be QB Jake Locker, WR Nate Washington, LT Michael Roos and LB Derrick Morgan to sign with new clubs next year.

As things stand right now, the Titans are likely to secure a top-five pick, which would leave them in position to consider draft a quarterback in the first round such as Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.

One thing that appears to be certain is that Whisenhunt is likely to be heavily involved in the team’s roster decision next year.


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