Will the Tennessee Titans deal for a WR on draft day?

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As we’ve mentioned a few times on this site, adding some depth at WR is one of the biggest remaining offseason priorities for the Tennessee Titans.

Whether it’s via a draft pick, free agency or a draft day trade, expect the Titans to bring in someone to fulfill the #3 role in their passing attack. The question is: Which avenue will the team decide to take in addressing the WR position?

For the first time since 1998, will we hear a WR’s name called as the Titans’ #1 draft pick is announced? Or will the franchise continue its value-approach to wideout shopping by selecting a guy or two in the middle-late rounds?

Reading in between the lines of recent statements by GM Mike Reinfeldt and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, don’t be surprised if the team utilizes the trade route to bring in some WR talent.   

In a recent interview with Jonathan Hutton of Titans Radio, Mike Heimerdinger indicated his desire for the team to replenish its WR group:

“By signing Nate Washington I think we helped ourselves, but after Nate and Justin Gage, I’m not sure what we have,” Heimerdinger said. ”I feel real good about one and two, but after that I’m not sure. I couldn’t tell you who [our third wide receiver] is.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the 2009 prospects for younger receivers such as Lavelle Hawkins, Paul Williams and Chris Davis. 

In the article, Hawkins is mentioned as the guy who would serve as the #3 if the season started today, but in typical-Dinger fashion, Heimerdinger suggests that the “Hawk” is going to have to step it up if he expects to soar next year.

Meanwhile, in a recent interview with the Tennessean, GM Mike Reinfeldt throws out the intriguing possibility of the team wheeling and dealing for a WR on draft day:

“This weekend’s NFL Draft provides an opportunity, but Reinfeldt said there’s a chance the Titans could make a draft day trade for a veteran wideout.”

A few days ago, we mentioned the possibility pipedream of Anquan Boldin venturing to Nashville but considering the price its going to take to make him a Titan, the majority of us would be shocked if that deal took place.

Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson has also stated his desire to be traded, but the Bengals have refused to part ways with their exuberant WR. “Mr. Dropsies” a.k.a. Braylon Edwards is also available, but the combination of the likely high price of compensation needed to attain him and his propensity for not holding onto the football frightens me.

If the Titans are going to make a deal for a WR this weekend, Buffalo’s Roscoe Parrish may be a target. Earlier this month, the Bills made it clear that they are willing to move Parrish via trade.

Parrish is a receiver who thrives as a #3 while making plays out of the slot. He would be a great replacement for the departed Brandon Jones. In addition to his playmaking skills at WR, he could also man the fort on special teams as a dangerous punt returner, with newcomer Mark Jones serving as the Titans’ primary KR.

The compensation needed to acquire Parrish shouldn’t be high: I’m guessing that his asking price should be somewhere around a 3rd-5th round draft selection. 

So what do you think guys? Should the Titans swing a draft day deal for a WR?    

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7 Responses to “Will the Tennessee Titans deal for a WR on draft day?”

  1. Kevin G Says:

    in a word: yes
    I think the titans are in a great position to win now, I think our window to be an elite team has opened, and we are in a postion to compete for a superbowl NOW. trading for a vet will make us a better team instantly, while drafting a reciever will HOPEFULLY make us a better team 2-3 years down the road. this team needs to focus on winning now.

  2. Bob Loblaw Says:

    I wouldn’t trade a 3 for him, but a 4 or a 5&7 (if the Titans had a 5) would be reasonable. Drex, do you know what his contract situation looks like?

  3. Andrew K Says:

    I truly believe that Parish is not going to help us that much. I mean if we really want to make a splash, really want to improve this team, we should try and get Boldin maybe Braylon Edwards, but from what I’ve heard the Browns are asking for a 1st and 3rd. But If we could get a Boldin for a 1st and maybe a 4, then I say we have to pull the trigger!

  4. Brad Says:

    I agree with Andrew. A 1st and 4th or less for Boldin we should definetly do. I think we have good #2 and #3 recievers, not good #1 and #2 recievers. We don’t need a #3, we need a #1.

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    Bob,
    Parrish signed a contract extension back in December 2007:
    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_contract.aspx?sport=nfl&id=3197
    Here’s a breakdown of his contract numbers:
    2009: $1 million (+ $1.5 million “signing” bonus + $500,000 roster bonus)
    2010-2011: $1.025 million (+ $500,000 roster bonuses)
    2012 free agent

  6. cld12pk2go Says:

    I do not believe we have sufficient cap space to pay Boldin what he wants, nor do we pass enough to get good value at that rate.
    Couple this with the high trade price and it just isn’t happening…
    If Eight-Five could be had for something like a 2nd round pick, then that would be interesting…
    I see us going for a more low-key value route in obtaining another WR. Likely through the draft.

  7. JCBRAVE Says:

    Sorry, I didn’t need to finish the article to come to this conclusion; the Tennessee Titans have no clue as to what a wide-receiver is. Clearly they have had limit success with WR’s. Drafting Kevin Dyson over Randy Moss ten years ago proves that. Also picking up the combine stud Tyrone Calico early in the 2002 draft shows they have no idea how to scout WR’s. Tennessee is a run first offense with TE’s playing WR’s. I’m not high on the idea of bringing in Boldin only because he will likely wind up getting frustrated and become a distraction as he is now for the Cardinals. What may end up happening draft day is that the Titans choose who ever is best ready to help them at pick 30. Could be a corner-back may even be a linebacker, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it to be a WR. However grabbing an offensive weapon is big on their list of ‘to-do’s’.

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