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Titans Releasing Veteran CB Jason McCourty

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Titans are releasing veteran CB Jason McCourty on Thursday.

  • According to Tom Pelissero, the Titans wanted to restructure McCourty’s contract, but couldn’t come to an agreement on a deal.

McCourty has already confirmed the news:

This is a surprising move from the Titans, given that McCourty has been the team’s best cornerback for a number of years and they already have a big need at the position.

The Patriots figure to be a team to watch for McCourty, given that they previously inquired about a trade for him

McCourty, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Titans back in 2009. He has spent all eight years of his career with Tennessee and was in the final year of his six-year, $44.26 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed and would have made a base salary of $7 million for the 2017 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $7 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.

In 2016, McCourty appeared in 14 games for the Titans and recorded 69 tackle, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 55 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.