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Titans lock up another rusher, keep Derrick Morgan

Jonathan Grimes, Derrick Morgan

Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) gets past Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (91) as Grimes scores a touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


The Titans are busy this morning, and the free agent pass-rush market is effectively dead.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Titans have agreed to terms on a deal to retain outside linebacker Derrick Morgan.

The deal’s worth a a maximum of $30 million over four years, with a base value of $27 million and $10.5 million guaranteed.

This, coming moments after a four-year, $32 million deal with Washington’s Brian Orako ($13.5 million guaranteed) does several things.

One, it sets the Titans up on pass-rushers, checking off one of their biggest offseason boxes.

Two, it means the Marcus Mariota-to-Tennessee train is just going to gain steam, as they no longer have to find someone to apply pressure with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

But third, it effectively kills the quarterback-chaser market around the league.

Only Carolina’s Greg Hardy remains, and with the cloud of looming league punishment over him, few teams have even been willing to acknowledge that a 15.0-sack guy from 2013 might help them.

The Raiders and Jaguars seem interested, but the market is dried up, and anyone else looking for sacks is either going to have to go with the old and infirm (Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora, etc.) or wait until draft weekend.