The Tennessee Titans have acquired Desmond King to jump-start the secondary.
Desmond King has been one of the better defensive backs in the NFL. Now he will trade the California sunshine powder blues for the blues of the Music City. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported that the former Iowa star has been traded from the Los Angeles Chargers to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round pick as the NFL trade deadline fast approaches.
Before this deal was made, it was reported that the Chargers were actively shopping King for the right price. Now, the defensive back and special teamer gets a fresh start. He had clearly fallen out of favor with the coaching staff in Los Angeles, though a sixth-rounder in return is still a questionable price.
That being said, the Titans should be more than willing to pay that price ahead of the NFL trade deadline. A defense and secondary that has been a thorn in the team’s side at times this year now gets a valuable and versatile new addition.
Desmond King gives the Titans another valuable piece on their defense
Tennessee started off this season at 5-0 before falling in their last two games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Furthermore, the lack of pass rush from free agent Jadeveon Clowney has been appalling.
What can make up for a lack of pass rush is a firm secondary. In addition, Tennessee already has Kevin Byard and Adoree’ Jackson. In other words, adding King is a plus — especially with Jackson’s issues with health this season.
It is clear that the Chargers want to reshape their organization while the Titans are gunning for a division title and further proof that last year’s run to the AFC championship was not simply a flash in the pan moment, something that many teams have encountered throughout the years.
In his career with Los Angeles, King has amassed over 140 tackles and four interceptions to go along with two touchdowns. Given how aggressive head coach Mike Vrabel is and how Byard is at free safety, the intriguing question is how King will be incorporated into the system. One thing can be reassured, he’s a valuable option who can fill a number of holes for the Titans defense.