In yet another indication that the Tennessee Titans are overhauling their offensive philosophy, veteran tight end Daniel Graham was released on Tuesday.
Graham, primarily a run-blocking tight end, signed a three-year contract worth $8.25 million last year, but wound up catching just two passes all season.
Graham's release leaves Craig Stevens, Jared Cook and rookie fifth-round pick Taylor Thompson as the top three tight ends on the Titans roster with two of those players - Cook and Thompson - being regarded as pass-receiving tight ends first.
"He didn't get the reps that we thought he'd be able to get originally. We thought we'd run the ball a lot more than we did last year, and he didn't get an opportunity to play like we hoped he would when we signed him," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "This year, we drafted Taylor (Thompson), and it's going to be hard for everyone to get reps. We got to that point where we felt like it was going to be in the best interest of Daniel and the best interest of the team to move on."
Graham's agent, Tom Mills, said his client would probably look and see what situations crop up closer to training camp time before finding his next destination.
"There were two or three teams that were interested in him when he signed with Tennessee," Mills said. "When it gets closer or into camp, we'll look at the depth charts and see what opportunities are available. He definitely wants to keep playing."
The dead money hit for releasing Graham will cost the Titans $1.333 million.