The Tennessee Titans are releasing Pro Bowl offensive guard Rodger Saffold, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 33-year-old was preparing for the final year of a four-year, $44 million deal that had a $1 million roster bonus due next week.
Tennessee will be looking to clear some more cap space as they attempt to find the right pieces to help put them over the top in the AFC. With Saffold’s contract off the books, the Titans are currently looking at approximately $3.7 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap, for the 2022 season — a number that will need to be increased heavily to make necessary improvements.
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Regardless, Saffold was a staple on the interior of the Titans’ offensive line, helping clear the way for Derrick Henry to lead the NFL in rushing in 2019 and 2020 — the latter being a 2,027-yard plateau-breaking year for the running back.
Henry’s ascension toward the top of the NFL’s rusher list coincided with Saffold’s arrival in 2019 after nine seasons with the Rams organization. The offensive lineman appeared and started 46 of 49 games during his tenure with the Titans.
He now joins a talented crop of free-agent guards this offseason that also features the likes of Brandon Scherff, Andrew Norwell, Laken Tomlinson, Austin Corbett, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.