Could the New York Giants raid the Tennessee Titans for help at the NFL trade deadline? The Titans are apparently in 'get ready for the future' model. They have already dealt linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots. They have handed the keys to rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. There are now a variety of reports that the Titans are shopping veteran players like wide receiver Nate Washington, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and safety Michael Griffin.
All three of those players happen to perform at positions where many think the Giants could use an upgrade. Do any of them make sense for the Giants? Let's take a closer look.
Nate Washington -- The 31-year-old Washington is in his 10th season. After six straight seasons of catching at least 40 passes (with a high of 74 in 2011), Washington has seen his role decrease this season. He has only 13 catches despite playing the most snaps of any Tennessee wide receiver.
Washington has earned the respect of Titans fans since joining the team from Pittsburgh in 2009. He has been a consistent producer and a leader, especially when this team has had a dearth of them in the years since he was signed by the franchise. While he's not his young self at this point, he's still a very valuable, and arguably, under utilized guy.
Per NFL.com, Washington is in the final year of a six-year contract and is making $4.8 million this season.
Scouting report from Music City Miracles editor Jimmy Morris:
Nate Washington can still play. He isn't going to put up huge numbers, but he could catch 100 balls in the right offense. The offense here has been so inconsistent this year that they haven't gotten the ball to him much. He isn't the big play guy that the Titans signed him to be, but he is a solid receiver. Washington is in the last year of his deal, so he probably doesn't figure in the rebuilding plan going forward. He is making $4.8 million this year.
The biggest question for the Giants is whether or not Washington, right now, is an upgrade over Preston Parker, Kevin Ogletree and Corey Washington. The other question is whether it is worth parting with a draft pick for a guy who might only be around for nine games.
Wesley Woodyard -- It seems like the Giants are always in the market for linebackers, and with Jon Beason possibly shelved for the rest of the season is Woodyard worth a shot? The 28-year-old signed with Tennessee as a free agent after six seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Music City Miracles says Woodyard "was among the best inside backers the Titans had over the first few games, but his lack of ability to effectively play down hill against the run has since been exposed."
Woodyard, 28, is in the first year of a four-year, $15.75 million contract. The guaranteed portion of $4.75 million appears to have already been paid by the Titans. Question is, why would they already be looking to move him?
Scouting report from Morris:
Wesley Woodyard is a good leader, but not that good of a player. He has already been pretty much replaced in the Titans line-up with a rookie that was picked in the 5th round.
Michael Griffin --The Giants have struggled to find a safety opposite Antrel Rolle so far this season. Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps have both struggled at times, and with the Giants' injuries at cornerback is appears both will have to play large roles as the Giants increasingly utilize a three-safety package.
The 29-year-old Griffin was a first-round pick by Tennessee in 2007 and has been a full-time starter since the middle of his rookie season. He is a two-time Pro Bowler, but his last Pro Bowl appearance was in 2010. Griffin's peformance has been up and down the past couple of years. This season, he has a -5.9 Pro Football Focus grade, 75th among 82 safeties who have played at least 25 percent of their team's defensive snaps. He does have two sacks and two interceptions. IN 2012, Griffin was +6.1 overall. In 2012, he was -16.9.
Griffin has been a lightning rod of sorts for Titans fans since his rookie year. Much maligned over the past seasons, Griffin seemed to be climbing back to form last season, but has since stumbled in 2014. Add to the matter the burden of an untenable contract and you can see why the Titans are considering cutting him loose.
Scouting report from Morris:
Griffin has elite level physical skills. He can be really good. He can also be one of the worst safeties in the leagues at times. It is just like he spaces out on the field sometimes. It is hard to explain and infuriating. How is the rest of your defensive backfield? He plays really well when the guys that are surrounding him are good and terrible when they aren't. I know that seems like common sense and could be true for most players, but it is even more extreme with Griff. He has 2 years left on his deal with base salaries of $6.3 and $6.5. He isn't worth that money and will most likely be cut here after the season.
Do any of these players interest you, Giants fans? Or, would you rather see the Giants stick with what they have?