Cornerback Jason McCourty says that he is being released by the Tennessee Titans after spending his entire eight-year NFL career with the organization.
McCourty shared the news Thursday afternoon on a Twitter post.
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) April 13, 2017
McCourty, 29, played in 108 games with 90 starts and 13 interceptions for the Titans, forcing six fumbles and recovering five, two of which he turned into touchdowns. He signed a six-year, $43 million extension with $20 million guaranteed on Aug. 23, 2012.
McCourty was due $7 million this season in the final year of his contract and was a three-time captain and longest tenured player on the roster. Injuries limited McCourty to four games in 2015, though he played 14 games last season and was fourth on the team with 64 tackles.
McCourty’s twin brother, Devin, plays for the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
Improving the secondary has been a big focus this offseason for Tennessee after ranking 30th in the NFL in pass defense last season and tying for 18th with 12 interceptions.
General manager Jon Robinson signed Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan and Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien in free agency. LeShaun Sims started the final two games last season as a rookie.
Even if McCourty had taken a reduced deal and stayed, the Titans still would have been looking at taking a cornerback in the upcoming NFL draft, where they have the fifth and 18th picks in the first round.
The Titans also has more than $40 million in salary cap space before releasing McCourty, according to the website Spotrac.com.