The Tennessee Titans are releasing defensive lineman Karl Klug after seven years with the club.
Klug, a fifth-round draft choice from Iowa in 2011, was one of the longest-tenured players on the roster, having spent his entire career with the Titans.
Klug, who turns 30 at the end of the end of the month, was scheduled to make $2 million in base salary after re-signing with the Titans last year.
“I really appreciate all that Karl gave to this team in his seven seasons with the Titans. He is a tireless worker, and his passion for football showed in how he prepared for and played the game. I know all of us who worked with him here wish him and his family the best moving forward,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said.
Klug sent a text message to TitanInsider.com about his release.
“I’d like to thank the entire Titans organization for the opportunity they gave me and for all they have done for me and my family,” Klug said. “I appreciated all the fans’ support over the years an wish the team success moving forward. Shalom!”
Klug suffered a torn Achilles tendon that cut short his 2016 season with the Titans, but worked and rehabbed the injury quickly enough that he was on the 53-man roster at the start of last season.
He had 21.5 sacks in his seven seasons with the Titans, including 1.5 last season. Klug had 18 solo tackles in 15 games a season ago. Klug had 128 career tackles with Tennessee.
Klug’s release comes after the Titans re-signed two other defensive linemen – DaQuan Jones and David King – and have plans to reportedly visit with former Lions and Dolphins star defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, who was released by Miami this week. Suh played his three years in Miami for new Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams.