The Tennessee Titans are going through a transition period this offseason. What could their plan be at quarterback for the 2023 season? The team raced out to a 7-3 start and already looked locked into the AFC South title and a top four seed in the playoffs.
However, seven straight losses ended their season. The team fired GM Jon Robinson and said goodbyes to offensive coordinator Todd Downing. With Mike Vrabel still in the mix, as he should be, the Titans are in an interesting situation.
What could their plan at quarterback be for the 2023 season? They fielded one of the worst offenses in the NFL, and their defense was average, finishing 14th in scoring.
The team can save a whopping $27 million by cutting or trading Ryan Tannehill with a post-June 1st designation. That seems like an obvious route to take, as the potential cap savings plummet next offseason and the Titans new GM, Ran Carthon, who has no ties to Tannehill.
The team also drafted Malik Willis in 2021, and he simply did not look good in his limited action. Couple that with needs along the offensive line and with pass catchers, and it’s a messy situation in Tennessee.
What could the team do at quarterback in 2023? Well, if they wanted to try and come up with a quick fix given their success in the beginning of 2022 and in prior seasons, they could try and acquire a veteran quarterback via trade or free agency.
Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady, among a few others could be starting options for the team. Even with the AFC South being won by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022, it’s still a weaker division, so trying to reload might be a good option.
Carthon could perhaps go with this method and still take a shot on a quarterback in the NFL Draft. Putting a succession play in place would be a smart idea and might give them the best chance at success for the long-term future.
I do not think we’d see the Titans do any sort of “blowing it up” type moves. They do have a quality enough roster in place that a new QB addition could bring them back into playoff contention.