Jason McCourty was unwilling to take a pay cut and subsequently cut by the Titans, the cornerback and his agent confirmed to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, ending the franchise’s relationship with the longest-tenured player on the team.
McCourty, 29, was entering the final year of his contract and due a base salary of $7 million, one of the largest allotments on the team. The Titans, who bolstered their secondary by signing former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan and former Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien this offseason, never discussed the possibility of moving McCourty to safety with the player or his agent. Additionally, cornerback is considered one of the deepest positions in the upcoming NFL draft.
McCourty thanked the Titans, his teammates, the Adams family and his fans in a note posted on Twitter.
“Both sides, we talked, but I just think it’s not just money when you’re talking about changing things,” McCourty said. “I just think for both sides, we both respect the hell out of each other and enjoyed the time there, but I think we both knew the way the team’s going there’s really no place for me. So they were up front and honest with me.
“Obviously, throughout the offseason you wish that you’re going to be released. You’re like, ‘Man, I hope it happens right when the season’s over so I can get a crack at free agency,’ but at the time, I appreciate the way that it was handled by the team.
“And like I said in my post, (general manager) Jon (Robinson), coach (Mike) Mularkey, the Adams family, everybody’s been really good to me in my time there. So I’ll be rooting for those guys moving forward.”