The Tennessee Titans have been in negotiations with Jadeveon Clowney for some time now. However, it does not appear that Clowney will be making a decision anytime soon. This does not mean that all Titans fans should lose hope on a big signing though. Everson Griffen is still on the market and could be just the guy the Tennessee Titans need to put their edge rush position over the top.
Everson Griffen was a player mentioned in the last episode of Titans Time. At 32 years old, Griffen is a bit older than 27 year old Jadeveon Clowney. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have anything left in the tank, though. Last season, Griffen started and played in 15 games for the Vikings and he put up pretty impressive numbers. Here are Everson Griffen’s 2019 stats per ProFootballReference:
- 1 interception
- 24 quarterback hits with 8 sacks
- 41 total tackles (26 solo, 15 ast), 11 of which were tackles for loss
- 1.5 sacks and 4 total tackles in 2 playoff games
With 8 sacks, Griffen proved that his pass rushing skills can still disrupt opposing offenses. Approximately 27% of his tackles last season were for a loss. Throughout his career, Everson Griffen has proven to be a very versatile player. He is effective versus the run and pass, allowing him to play a large portion of downs. Griffen also played well enough in 2019 to make the pro-bowl for the fourth time in his career. The Titans have already added good depth to their defensive line and pass rush, but with a big signing like Griffen or Clowney they could become elite.
At this point, Jadeveon Clowney still seems to be top priority for the Tennessee Titans and rightfully so. However, all hope is not lost if they don’t sign him. Everson Griffen would be a great piece for the Titans to add to their defense.
While a possible deal with Jadeveon Clowney would likely be a multi year deal, an Everson Griffen signing shouldn’t be longer than 1-2 years. At 32 years old, anything longer than two years wouldn’t be smart for a team seemingly trying to get younger and more athletic defensively. The ideal contract would be a 2 year deal that averages out to in between 10 to 12 million a year. This would give the Titans a impact player, as well as a veteran presence, to have on their defense and in their locker room.