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Titans dump Alex Mortensen

After Titans quarterback Alex Mortensen, the son of ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, threw an interception during the second half of the Hall of Fame game and then promptly was replaced by a returning Patrick Ramsey, it wasn’t a good sign.

And so it’s no surprise that, less than two days later, the Titans have cut Mortensen.

Mortensen was released along with cornerback Jeremy Haynes to create roster spots for linebacker Rocky Boiman and linebacker Tyson Smith.

It’s possible that Mort Jr. was simply caught up in a numbers game, given that the Titans had only three healthy linebackers for Sunday night’s game.

Still, it’s good that Mort’s son had a chance to pursue his dream.  And who knows?  Plenty of guys who ended up having good NFL careers got cut at some point along the way.

Meanwhile, maybe the Titans will instead hire him to be a coaching intern instead.

UPDATE:  We’re told that the plan entering Sunday night’s game was that Mortensen would play in only one series, and the thinking is that, indeed, the need for linebackers hastened his departure.

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18 Responses to “Titans dump Alex Mortensen”
  1. tian says: Aug 11, 2009 4:47 PM

    He looked a little green back there. This guy is a classic prospect for a full-blown UFL team. He has some skills, but he looked 14 years old.

  2. Bob Nelson says: Aug 11, 2009 4:48 PM

    He outplayed Vince Young and he gets cut instead of Mr. Wonderlic bust??
    What an outrage!!
    Dad will not like the Titans now.
    Vince Young should have been the one cut not Mortensen!

  3. FumbleNuts says: Aug 11, 2009 4:49 PM

    He should try his luck in the UFL.

  4. D.R.Universal says: Aug 11, 2009 4:55 PM

    duh….the kid is gabbage! (yes gabbage)…
    im sure daddy will be able to get him another tryout somewhere…Chris Leak cant get a chance but Mort Jr can?? nice..

  5. ninjaneer says: Aug 11, 2009 4:56 PM

    “Meanwhile, maybe the Titans will instead hire him to be a coaching intern”
    LMAO…would the E-Girls reverse be allowed? Inquiring minds want to know…

  6. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 11, 2009 5:00 PM

    “And then he come back and throw another pass and he drop it.”

  7. anorris21 says: Aug 11, 2009 5:05 PM

    Coming from a Bills fan, Mort holds a grudge against teams that “do him wrong”. He hates the Bills cause they fired his butt-buddy Tom Donahoe.

  8. dcsween says: Aug 11, 2009 5:28 PM

    This is the first time that an undrafted free agent rookie gets cut and profootballtalk offers the old “keep your chin up, buckaroo … plenty of good player have been cut once.” Smells like a little butt-kiss directed toward the father to me. Professional courtesy, schmofessional courtesy. Before going corporate, pft USED to be about the snark.

  9. reo says: Aug 11, 2009 5:32 PM

    3 healthy LBs Sunday? Bulluck, Thornton, Fowler, McRath, Keglar and Amato? My math is a little rusty but I think that’s 6.

  10. realityonetwo says: Aug 11, 2009 5:50 PM

    It’s possible that Mort Jr. was simply caught up in a numbers game, given that the Titans had only three healthy linebackers for Sunday night’s game.

    It’s also possible he SUCKS AND SHOULD GET A REAL JOB.

  11. ZombieRevolution says: Aug 11, 2009 6:10 PM

    I had to check twice and make sure this was not posted by Greg or any of the other writers- a post from Florio about someone getting cut without a snide comment is rare. I agree with the other poster, now that Florio is getting national exposure he has to be more PC.

  12. JP says: Aug 11, 2009 6:49 PM

    In all reality, Mortensen is only playing because of his Dad. There are a million guys out there that had better college careers, and have more potential that never got the look. Unfortunately for them, their father’s were Electricians, Car Salesman and carpenters.

  13. pilot08 says: Aug 11, 2009 8:30 PM

    A reminder of the most awkward conversation of all time with kiper and mort on draft day.

  14. Surfdog says: Aug 11, 2009 9:14 PM

    Maybe the Queenies can sign him. He’s certainly better than Jackson or Rosenblows!

  15. The Coop says: Aug 11, 2009 10:59 PM

    Will ESPN’s coverage of this be like their coverage of Brett Favre or Ben Roethlisberger?

  16. The Coop says: Aug 11, 2009 11:01 PM

    Florio??? PC????
    Put him and Mangini in a locked room and see what happens.

  17. footballisfun says: Aug 11, 2009 11:25 PM

    Other than his father, who cares?

  18. Cardsfan81 says: Aug 12, 2009 8:25 AM

    Florio, this kid is not a NFL talent at the QB position. If he were not Chris Mortensen’s son, he would not have sniff a NFL camp. Perfect example would be the QB out of Texas Tech Grahm Herrell who had a better collegiate career.
    Yet, Mortensen get on a roster.

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