The Tennessee Titans created some salary cap room with the surprise releases of starters – cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and right tackle Dennis Kelly.
Jackson, whose fifth-year option was picked up last year, suffered through an injury-plagued 2020 season, missing the first 13 games of the season before returning in December.
There had been speculation that the Titans would let go of either Malcolm Butler or Jackson as part of their salary cap paring, but General Manager Jon Robinson instead lets both of last year’s primary starting cornerbacks go, putting the Titans squarely in the market in both free agency and the draft for secondary help.
The Titans had also cut safety Kenny Vaccaro last week in a salary cap move.
Jackson’s release wipes $10.244 million in base salary off the Titans books.
Kelly, meanwhile, had been a serviceable third tackle and starter in his time with Tennessee after being acquired in a trade in 2017 from the Eagles.
The loss of Kelly was softened somewhat by the signing of free agent tackle Kendall Lamm on Monday night.
Kelly signed a three-year extension last off-season and certainly appeared safe after the Isaiah Wilson fiasco ended with the 2020 first-round pick being shipped to Miami for a seventh-round pick swap.
Kelly’s release saves the Titans $4.5 million in base salary plus a $500,000 roster bonus.