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Titans to release Jason McCourty

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The likelihood of the Titans taking a cornerback early in the 2017 draft may be growing.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team will release cornerback Jason McCourty. McCourty, a sixth-round pick in 2009, was the longest-tenured member of the team and said farewell to fans in Nashville in a social media message.

McCourty played 14 games for the Titans last season and had 69 tackles, 12 passes defensed and two interceptions. He missed the final two games of the year with a shoulder injury and missed 12 games in 2015 due to a groin injury that required a pair of surgeries. His departure opens up $7 million in cap room for Tennessee.

The Titans have visited with a number of cornerbacks during the pre-draft process, including the Ohio State tandem of Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley. Both are projected to be first-round picks and the Titans have a pair of selections in the first round that could be put toward an addition to the secondary.

McCourty’s future will likely include a shot with another team before the start of the 2017 season. He and his twin brother Devin have talked about wanting to play together in the past, something that could happen if the Patriots decide to double down on McCourtys this year.

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15 Responses to “Titans to release Jason McCourty”
  1. nfella says: Apr 13, 2017 4:05 PM

    Like I said in the other article.

    Titans sign offer sheet to Butler send pick to Pats. Pats forward pick to Seattle receive Sherman. Sherman and Lynch join an already loaded team – rest of NFL has funeral.

  2. eazeback says: Apr 13, 2017 4:12 PM

    lets kick the tires dallas

  3. navyvandal says: Apr 13, 2017 4:13 PM

    COMING TO FOXBOROUGH BOOK IT! Belichick trade trading for him in 2014 and 2015. I can see Justin Coleman getting released now. Maybe Jordan Richards.

  4. dalfanforever says: Apr 13, 2017 4:15 PM

    And before it gets going, NO, the Cowboys should not sign him. The draft is too deep to sign a guy looking to get paid. If he’s cheap, then talk to me.

  5. pastabelly says: Apr 13, 2017 4:15 PM

    They probably released him because he was due to make $7 million in 2017. He tried to recruit Devin to Tennessee two years ago. We’ll see what happens this time around, but he won’t be getting $7 million from the Patriots.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:16 PM

    Very surprising but he’s got Pats written all over him.

  7. savethebs says: Apr 13, 2017 4:16 PM

    I really don’t like this move. I still think he has something in the tank & his salary isn’t that bad. Not like we’re deep at the position.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:17 PM

    “Sherman and Lynch join an already loaded team”

    Sherman maybe and that’s a stretch, but Lynch will never be a Patriot.

  9. factschecker says: Apr 13, 2017 4:27 PM

    Wonder Twin powers activate.

    Form of an All Pro Safety
    Form of a mop.

  10. walker1191 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:35 PM

    Doesn’t it seem like the salary cap is not high enough if otherwise productive players are summarily released so they can be replaced by asomeone cheaper?

    I get why owners want to pay less in salary, but this system ensures that the product on the field isn;t as good as it could be.

  11. clarencewhorley says: Apr 13, 2017 4:38 PM

    Welcome to New England Jason.

    Now we just need the Ravens to cut Keenan Reynolds so we can start working on him to be a Edelman replacement in 2020

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 13, 2017 5:20 PM

    “I get why owners want to pay less in salary, but this system ensures that the product on the field isn;t as good as it could be.”

    When some teams spend at or near to the cap and other like the Browns last season spend 50 million under the cap the reason is not the system, but the greed of the owners who so grossly underspend.

    Here are the worst culprits from last season –

    Browns, 49.47 million under
    9ers, 40.81 million under
    Jags, 39.75 million under
    Titans, 24.133 million under
    Redskins, 15.04 million under
    Panthers, 14.72 million under

    Every other team except the Packers spent to within 10 million of the cap and Green Bay was at 10 mil under.

    The NFLPA has done a terrible job on negotiations the last couple CBAs. At the very least evey team should have to spend to within 20 mil of the cap.

    But its the greed of certain owners trying to rake in extra cash combine with incompetents in GM positions who overpay a few players and provide crap depth.

    People get emotional and criticize the Pats for not handing out big contracts to players like Blount after the season he had last year, but if you do that for every guy you think did a good job you won’t have any depth at all when the injuries hit.

  13. jag1959 says: Apr 13, 2017 5:50 PM

    walker1191 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 4:35 PM
    Doesn’t it seem like the salary cap is not high enough if otherwise productive players are summarily released so they can be replaced by asomeone cheaper?

    I get why owners want to pay less in salary, but this system ensures that the product on the field isn;t as good as it could be.
    ______________________

    It wouldn’t matter what the cap was set at. Some teams would manage it well and most still wouldn’t. As far as the product on the field goes any player that is cut purely for cap reasons will get his money elsewhere if he is worth what he was scheduled to be paid. The system was designed to create a competitive product by keeping rich teams from stockpiling talent regardless of the cost (see ’80’s Niners for an example).

  14. mrclutch5569 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:44 PM

    Anybody who has watched enough Titans tape will tell ya, this dude is highly overrated and was making wayyyyy too much money. It was the right decision in the wake of the Logan Ryan signing and Tennessee will add another DB in the draft very early

  15. jazzawakens says: Apr 17, 2017 8:27 AM

    walker1191 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 4:35 PM
    Doesn’t it seem like the salary cap is not high enough if otherwise productive players are summarily released so they can be replaced by asomeone cheaper?

    I get why owners want to pay less in salary, but this system ensures that the product on the field isn;t as good as it could be.

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    The Patriots model has been to not break the bank for individual players but to then spend the savings on depth. Having deeper talent has won them more than any high priced superstar would have. More and more other teams are noting this and trying to get to that model. Its a challenge for some though because they have to completely resist the pull to get all starry eyed over a player. It requires knowing who you would like to have and offering fair market value, but being willing to walk away if competing bids are pushing the guy to cost more than fair market value. I think we have all known that feeling of getting our heart set on something but then having to decide between putting aside that desire or compromising our intended budget. Its tough.

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