When Dick LeBeau landed as the new associate head coach with the Titans, the first question by most was, “What former Steelers are coming with him?”
So far, the LeBeau pipeline has come up empty. The Titans have added pieces, but no Steelers. That said, there are still some Pittsburgh products on the market that could be of benefit to Tennessee.
Perhaps the most obvious fit for the Titans is linebacker James Harrison. The Titans have already added Brian Orakpo and re-signed Derrick Morgan, but still lack the necessary depth to effectively run their 3-4 defense. Despite his age, Harrison has proven that he is still in great physical shape, and adding him would give the Titans a potential replacement for the injury-prone Orakpo if nothing else.
Another option is former Pittsburgh corner Ike Taylor. At age 34, he’s lost a step or two, and would likely sit third or fourth on the depth chart. But adding another cover corner, especially one that has experience working with a prominent member of the Titans coaching staff, would also allow Cory Sensabaugh to slide in to his natural position of nickel corner full-time.
The most flashy name left is probably less of a fit, and thats Troy Polamalu. Before the Titans added Da’Norris Searcy, Polamalu was a much more logical potential add, but the veteran would have to be willing to accept a much lesser role than he’s used to if he wants to play in Tennessee. Signing the future Hall of Famer would make a great locker room acquisition and and depth signing, but the fit isn’t so clear-cut.
The Titans have a chance to build a talented, deep defense between the cap space they have and the roster spots they have to fill. Whether they opt to go with familiarity remains to be seen, but it’s certainly out there if they want it.