The Titans announced today that they have signed veteran cornerback Brice McCain. McCain was signed in-part for his experience in Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense. LeBeau is now the defensive coordinator for Tennessee and is looking to reshape his secondary after a terrible year in 2015.
McCain was drafted by Houston in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played for five seasons until being released in March 2014. He signed a on year deal to play in Pittsburgh and had his best year statistically with three interceptions. McCain signed a two year deal with Miami in 2015 but only played one season before being released last month.
The Titans desperately need help in their secondary. Last month the team released former Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin. He had been with the Titans for nine season but it was no secret that his best days were behind him.
Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox will enter the 2016 as the two starters at corner unless the team picks Jalen Ramsey out of Florida State with the first pick in the draft. Coty Sensabaugh is a free agent and will not likely return to the team after a terrible 2015 season. Backup corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson is also a free agent who had a bad year in 2015. If he is re-signed fans may riot in the streets in Nashville.
The Titans will likely take a look at free agent safeties George Iloka from Cincinnati and Tashaun Gipson from Cleveland when free agency opens up next week. Iloka and Gipson are considered two of the best safeties in the league and both were rumored to be franchised. Iloka has expressed interest in going to play for the Vikings but I’m sure if another team backs an armored truck up to his house he will go to the highest bidder on March 9th.
Free agency and the draft aren’t the only ways Tennessee is looking to improve their secondary. In January Titans’ coach Mike Mularkey hired hired former Steeler Deshea Townsend as a secondary coach. Townsend played for six seasons under LeBeau in Pittsburgh.