Shaun Phillips looked done after the 2013 season, going into his age 32 season after grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 2nd worst ranked 3-4 outside linebacker. He had to settle for a one year deal close to the veteran’s minimum with the Broncos, but he was able to rehab his value, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 18th ranked 4-3 defensive end in 2013. He’s still no guarantee to continue being a starting caliber player going into his age 33 season in 2014, but the Titans protected themselves with this cheap deal.
This deal has a max value of 6 million dollars over 2 years, but the Titans can get out of it after 1-year and 2.5 million this off-season, if they so choose, as that’s all that is guaranteed. Phillips could be a bargain as an edge rusher if he continues to play like he did last season and if he doesn’t, there’s minimal downside. The Titans needed another edge rusher for their new 3-4, which Phillips has played almost his entire career in. Akeem Ayers will benefit from this new system and be one edge rusher, but Derrick Morgan is kind of in limbo moving to a 3-4. Phillips’ presence will allow Morgan to move around the formation.