That's only part of the big picture. See more details below. We don't sign other teams releases with the intention of them becoming starters. They are signed to upgrade our depth or be on the practice squad. If the Titans hit on a KVB or Tony Brown occasionally, isn't it worth it? Usually, it's just to add some depth or as special teams prospect as in Dave Ball, Vickerson and Hood. Each NFL team does the same. I'll be as concise as I can be here because this horse has been beaten to death. There are a number of factors, in my opinion, at play in deciding if a free agent should be pursued and what his value is. 1. How will the signing impact the franchise's cap situation? Obviously, there are a number of teams, most seasons, who can't even get into a bidding war because they don't have the room. The Titans were in this situation through the 2005 season. Notice in 2006, when that dead money was off the books and veteran leadership was needed, the Titans signed Givens, Mawae, Thornton and Hope. 2. How will the contract impact the franchise's future ability to keep core players? This is closely related to #2. Many overlook that the Titans wanted to lock up Roos, Stewart and Finnegan before they hit the market in '08. At the same time, they were negotiating for a deal with Haynesworth. Though the Titans had a lot of cap available, it was about to be spent in keeping a few players they felt were their core who would be very difficult (and expensive) to replace with another free agent. 3. How much does the free agent upgrade the position over someone already on the roster or a draft pick? For example, Dansby. Dansby is a nice player but on the backside of his career so you have to wonder if he'll still be playing at a high level in five years. The Titans don't play the MLB every snap so his value on the Titans automatically is less than most 3-4 defensive teams. Also, the Titans have Tulloch who actually out-produced Dansby last season who still has upside. I think the Titans will focus on signing him to long-term deal instead (as they should). 4. How does bringing in the free agent impact team chemistry? Think the Titans should bring in a T. O.? Think Finnegan would be okay with the Titans bringing in a #2 CB and paying him $2 mil more a season? I think the Titans have kept some vets longer than their production warranted because of the positives they brought in leadership and chemistry. The opposite also holds true. The Titans don't take certain draft picks because of the same reasoning. 5. Is the free agent a good fit for the team's scheme? Read in '08 Kearse talking about why he wasn't a good fit in Philadelphia. Read Haynesworth last season talking about why his production went down in Washington. These players were asked to adapt to a scheme they where they were not as comfortable. Good franchises recognize and target players they think will thrive in their systems. KVB is about as good an example of this as I could give. Again, it's no different than in drafting here. 6. Is the team a good fit for the free agent? Stallworth didn't want to come here even when the Titans offered more. Peppers said he wanted to play with proven vets. Vets want to go to teams they feel can get them a ring. We need to be aware that many top free agents have the ability to choose a warmer climate or play in a dome. 7. Will the free agent continue to play at the same consistently high level or better? I think this is what eventually ended Haynesworth's tenure in Tennessee. They didn't feel he could live up to the kind of money they knew the Redskins were willing to pay. They probably knew Haynesworth's production would decline once he was paid. So far, it looks like they're right. To me, you have to consider all these factors and I think we see franchises, each season, who don't. These are the teams who call 8-8 a positive season where a team like the Titans calls it a disappointment.