Titans Visiting With Underrated Free-Agent Linebacker
The Tennessee Titans hosted free-agent linebacker B.J. Goodson Thursday. The 28-year-old inside linebacker has been unable to find a consistent home. He'll potentially be playing for his fourth team in six years in 2021.
Goodson started 14 regular-season games for the Cleveland Browns in 2020, plus the two playoff games. He had 107 tackles, and led the team with 91 during the regular season. Goodson added two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and appeared in line to significantly upgrade his salary from $1 million per year. But the Browns seemed to have moved on, and Goodson's PFF grade of 65.5 last season rates out as a backup. His previous two seasons also produced an overall PFF grade in the mid-60's.
In fact, Goodson ranked dead last among all qualified linebackers in run-stop percentage, according to Pro Football Focus (50 or more snaps). So while Goodson has his strengths, there are also some deficiencies that remain.
The Titans may have to offer big money to starting inside LB Rashaan Evans, or risk losing him after May 1. Goodson can add depth either way and fill a secondary position need. And with former standout linebacker Mike Vrabel as the head coach in Tennessee, maybe he can unlock potential in Goodson that no one else has yet.
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