June 02, 2020

Titans release right guard Josh Kline

Titans release right guard Josh Kline

The Tennessee Titans are not through remaking their offensive line, as the club released veteran right guard Josh Kline on Friday morning.

Kline, who signed a four-year, $20 million extension last off-season, was due a roster bonus of $2.75 million to trigger the remaining three years of the deal, but the Titans declined to do so, making him a free agent.

Kline’s release comes just three days after agreeing to a deal with Rams free agent Rodger Saffold, who is expected to replace Quinton Spain at left guard. Spain is an unrestricted free agent, and thus far, the Titans have been lukewarm toward retaining him.

With Kline being let go, the Titans have some in-house options remaining. They could shift starting center Ben Jones to guard, a position he played some with the Houston Texans. Jones played half a game at left guard last year against the New York Jets after Spain was benched at halftime.

Corey Levin, who played center in that game against the Jets is an option. The Titans also brought back veteran Kevin Pamphile, who can play a number of positions on the line, but missed most of last season with an arm injury.

Dennis Kelly, who finished the year as the starting right tackle after Jack Conklin was injured, could fill in at guard, though that is not his natural position. The Titans also brought in Hroniss Grasu, formerly of the Chicago Bears for depth.

The draft and free agency remain options to help bolster the offensive line as well.

Kline was claimed by the Titans off waivers from the New England Patriots in 2016 and moved into the starting lineup at right guard after Chance Warmack was placed on injured reserve early that season. Kline retained the starting role and went on to start 46 games for Tennessee over a three-year spant.

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