The makeover of the Tennessee Titans secondary and the salary cap purge that goes with it continued Wednesday as the team informed starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro that he will be released before the new league year begins next week, TitanInsider has confirmed.
Vaccaro, 30, came to the Titans as a free agent not long before the start of the 2018 season after starting strong safety Johnathan Cyprien suffered a season-ending injury in training camp.
Vaccaro, a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2013, excelled with the Titans on a one-year deal in 2018 and was signed to an extension worth $24 million over four years in 2019.
By releasing Vaccaro now, the Titans will save around $3.9 million against the salary cap, which will drop to around $182 million this season, according to reports.
In three years with the Titans, Vaccaro intercepted two passes, had 14 passes defensed and four sacks. Last season, Vaccaro had 83 tackles in 13 starts.
With Vaccaro about to be released, it means that third-year pro Amani Hooker, whose role increased as last season wore on, is likely to claim the starting safety role alongside Kevin Byard. Dane Cruikshank, who has been mainly a special teams player when healthy, also could see an increase in his role on the defense. Josh Kalu and Chris Jackson are also options at safety as well.
The Titans also could consider adding depth in the draft or free agency.
Tennessee informed cornerback Malcolm Butler on Tuesday that he would be released.