The Tennessee Titans defense was a key part of the Titans’ success in 2019, and the front office is continuing to beef up the defense in free agency.
The Tennessee Titans made another move on the defensive side of the ball right before March came to a close. After a great season defensively last year, it looks like general manager Jon Robinson and the Titans are still looking to improve.
That’s a great thing, especially if the Titans can cap it off with a big-name free agent like Jadeveon Clowney. But the Titans haven’t gotten Clowney yet.
Coming out of Penn State, Crawford has had a successful career in the NFL spanning over eight seasons. Most recently, with the Falcons, Crawford had a career-high six sacks in 2018 as a starter and only 0.5 sacks in 2019 as a backup.
There must be something going on in Atlanta that Jon Robinson likes because this is now the third Falcon that has signed with the Titans. The Titans have also signed edge rusher Vic Beasley and tackle Ty Sambrailo.
Crawford won’t pick up the production that will be missed by losing Jurrell Casey, but he will help newly-added Beasley and the rest fo the Titans defensive linemen.
I don’t think Crawford will be a starter or someone who plays a big part in the Titans’ defense, but he is good enough to get a sack when you need him to. His best seasons were the three he spent in Dallas before going to Atlanta, where he had 9.5 sacks and 54 tackles.
If the Titans can get that kind of production from him even in a backup role, then this could be a very beneficial signing. It’s unlikely that the Titans are unable to get that kind of production out of him, though, nor will he likely get the playing time required to do so.
If the Titans can’t get Clowney, then we could see more signings like this in the future, but for now, I think that Jon Robinson is just trying to beef up the defensive depth chart with this signing.