We’re still almost three weeks away from free agency, but it’s about time we started hearing rumors about where certain free agents could land. (This is the Rumor Mill, after all.)
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean provides some fodder by listing three players he “heard” could be potential targets for Tennessee: Colts defensive end Robert Mathis, Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, and Ravens special teamer Haruki Nakamura.
Mathis headlines the group. Tennessee needs pass rushers and they know Mathis well after facing him twice a year since 2003. Wyatt describes Mathis as a much more affordable option than Mario Williams. (Of course, Mathis is a much older option too.)
Nelson rehabbed his value in Cincinnati. His former secondary coach is now coordinating the Dolphins defense, so Miami may also have interest. Tennessee could decide to use the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin, which would make signing Nelson unnecessary.
The Colts have a tough decision to make with Mathis. Spending big money on an aging pass rusher doesn’t make sense for a rebuilding team.