The Titans are believed to be in the market for a defensive lineman in the draft and that need might become more acute when free agency opens.
Terry McCormick of Titans Insider reports that Jason Jones will likely test free agency when it opens on March 13th. Jones, who has played both defensive end and defensive tackle since joining the team as a 2008 second-round pick, could still wind up back in Tennessee since the two sides are still talking, but, for now, a new contract before the rest of the league can join the bidding looks like a longshot.
Jones was much more effective as a pass-rushing interior lineman in his first three seasons than he was as a defensive end in 2011, which is part of the reason why the Titans are thought to be in the market for an end this offseason. Titans coach Mike Munchak has indicated that the team will continue to flip Jones between the two positions, which could give a team looking solely for an interior player a leg up in the bidding for Jones’ services.
Whatever happens with Jones, the Titans will be shopping for help up front on defense this year.