Quick! Someone tell the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions that the Tennessee Titans released Eugene Amano! Let the bidding war between Jeff Fisher and Jim Schwartz begin.
Seriously though. The release of Amano shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed the Titans’ offseason moves. His roster spot would’ve been in jeopardy even before the Titans added Andy Levitre, Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke. Amano never made a good transition from offensive guard to center.
How will this affect the Titans? In 2013, Amano was scheduled to make $3.9 million. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, he insists that this release had nothing to do with a potential John Abraham signing:
Amano release has nothing 2 do with #Titans freeing up $ to sign some1 else. They already had $. Amano was finally healthy enough 2 cut
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) June 6, 2013
Wyatt mentioned some good tidbits about Amano and his history with the franchise. As a seventh-round pick from the 2004 NFL Draft, Amano started 68 games. He was the starting guard when Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards during the 2009-10 season. Amano lost his starting job when he suffered a season-ending triceps injury during training camp in 2012.
Maybe Amano would’ve provided serviceable depth as an offensive guard and emergency center. That wasn’t worth $3.9 million. The Titans still have Rob Turner, Chris Spencer and Kasey Studdard who could win jobs as backup interior linemen. Regardless of whether Fernando Velasco starts or becomes the first sub, he could always move to offensive guard and Schwenke play center if an injury happened at guard.