Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) celebrates with Titans punter Brett Kern (6) after kicking a field goal against the Houston Texans during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

REPORT: Tennessee Titans Release Kicker Rob Bironas

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Nobody saw that one coming. Rob Bironas had spent the last nine seasons as the Tennessee Titans kicker. The team released him today.

The 36-year-old kicker had seen his numbers take a dive. Terry McCormick’s tweet illustrates his field-goal percentage . John Glennon of The Tennessean reported that, over the last two seasons, his touchback percentage declined nearly 16 percent.

Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk reports that the team saves $2.875 million against the cap. He had a $250,000 roster bonus due this week (ESPN).

The Titans have Maikon Bonani under contract. One free-agent option includes Lawrence Tynes.  Despite Bironas’ regression, none of these kickers are upgrades. The Titans could look for a kicker via the 2014 NFL Draft or leftovers from undrafted free agents. With just six draft picks, the latter idea seems more appropriate.

Surprising move. I understand that management wants to get younger…but it’s just a kicker. Bironas finished last season 25-of-29 (86.2 percent). He made 17 of his last 18. That was higher than his career average (85.7 percent). He was 2-of-3 from 50-plus yards.

This one could backfire on Tennessee. Or maybe they find someone with a stronger leg who can net more touchbacks while maintaining that 85-percent clip…all at a cheaper rate.

What are your feelings about this? Good move that comes right before his leg started to drop off, penny-pinching, or creating unnecessary problems?

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