The Tennessee Titans made a official a move that had been expected since the start of the off-season, by releasing veteran center Eugene Amano on Thursday.
Amano, a seventh-round pick from Southeast Missouri State in 2004, was the longest-tenured Titan on the roster.
Amano played nine seasons for the Titans and 124 games, including 68 starts.
Amano was a reserve for several seasons, and then cracked the starting lineup at left guard before moving to center in 2010, shortly after he signed a five-year, $25.8 million contract extension.
Amano missed all of last season with a triceps injury in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve. The Titans installed Fernando Velasco at center, and after upgrading the offensive line with the additions of Andy Levitre, Rob Turner and Chris Spencer, plus drafting Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke, it was clear that Tennessee had moved on from Amano.
As a vested veteran, Amano becomes a free agent immediately.
Amano was due to make $3.935 million in base salary and had two years to run of prorated bonus on the contract extension at $1.45 million per season. That leaves a cap savings of $2.485 million against the cap for Tennessee.