The writing was on the wall for second-year guard Sebastian Tretola after he was involved in a pair of bar incidents over the offseason.
Offensive guard Sebastian Tretola has been waived by the Tennessee Titans in the midst of a couple of roster moves. Tretola was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Arkansas. Tretola had a bizarre and contentious offseason, to say the least.
First, he was accused of assault in a civil lawsuit in which the alleged victim claimed Tajae Sharpe attacked him and Tretola was used as a lookout. Tretola and Sharpe later countersued, but admit to attacking the man in an act of self-defense as he continued to harass them.
Earlier this week, Tretola was shot in the leg and suffered a minor injury after being grazed by the bullet outside of a bar in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Titans released a statement saying that they were “thankful for only a minor injury” after he was released from the hospital.
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Pretty much anonymous during his rookie year, it became abundantly clear this offseason that trouble just seemed to follow Tretola, whether warranted or not. Jon Robinson acted relatively quick, pulled the trigger and waived him.
Tolerating distractions from someone with a proven track record is one thing, but a sixth-round, second-year backup offensive lineman who played three offensive snaps his rookie season is another. Add to that the fact that Robinson has been adamant about forming a clean, football-first culture and distancing the team from players with baggage, Tretola’s release shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
From a football standpoint, Tretola’s release doesn’t change much. He was on the outside looking in going into 2017, but this now paves the way for rookie Corey Levin to make the roster as a backup at guard and center. Levin was a topic of ambiguity for Will Lomas just yesterday, but that question may have just been answered.