The Tennessee Titans released veteran nose tackle Al Woods on Wednesday, just one year into the three-year extension he signed last off-season.
Woods, who originally came to the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2014, signed a three-year extension last off-season worth $10.44 million.
Woods, who had played for Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh, was scheduled to make $2.75 million in base salary for 2017 and $3 million in 2018. He also has $1.5 million ($750,000 each in ’17 and ’18) in prorated signingbonus money that will be absorbed by the Titans as a salary cap hit. The net savings for the Titans against the cap would be $1 million.
Woods, 29, played in 12 games with seven starts for the Titans last season and had 18 total tackles, including four solo stops.
His primary responsibility, however, was to be a space-eater in the middle of the line in the Titans’ 3-4 defensive scheme.
Woods’ release means the Titans will likely be using 2016 second-round pick Austin Johnson and Antwaun Woods at the nose tackle position this season. There is also the possibility now that the position will be addressed in the draft or when free agency begins on Thursday.
Woods has also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his seven-year NFL career.