The Tennessee Titans officially have a void in the middle of their defensive line after nose tackle DaQuan Jones signed with the Carolina Panthers recently.
Jones, who received a one-year, $4.05 million deal, spent his first seven NFL seasons in Nashville, providing the Titans with a consistent, solid player who was always a class act. He won’t be easily replaced in more ways than one.
The good news is the Titans will now have an opportunity to further upgrade their pass-rush, an area where Jones didn’t excel during his time with Tennessee.
With the 2021 NFL draft upcoming, and with free agency ongoing, the Titans do still have some options at their disposal to replace Jones. Trades are also another avenue general manager Jon Robinson can take.
It’s important to note that newly-signed defensive lineman Denico Autry has the ability to play up the middle, which means the Titans don’t necessarily have to find a prototypical nose tackle, giving the team some flexibility.
Here’s a look at six options the Titans could explore.