Titans release RB Dion Lewis, LB Cameron Wake

The Tennessee Titans have a big question to answer at running back, but it won’t include Dion Lewis.

Tennessee is releasing Lewis, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.

The Titans announced Lewis’ release along with the parting of ways with defensive end Cam Wake.

Wake is a five-time Pro Bowl selections, but played just one campaign in Tennessee.

The 38-year-old spent 10 seasons with the Dolphins before coming over to the Titans last offseason. However, he played in just nine matches for the Titans with no starts, tallying 2.5 sacks before he was put on injured reserve.

Coming off an injury and considering his age, Wake’s future is a tough one to predict, though NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports, per Wake’s agent, that the pass rusher still wants to play. However, the Titans future will be one in which it saves $5.58 million in cap space, per Over The Cap, by cutting Wake.

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Lewis arrived in Tennessee fresh off his best campaign of his NFL career, having broken 1,000 all-purpose yards and scoring nine times in his final year with the Patriots.

He was signed to pair with Derrick Henry in becoming one half of a versatile and potentially explosive backfield. But Henry’s rise to NFL rushing champion — an ascension that truly began in the second half of the 2018 season — forced Lewis into the shadows and he was essentially a nonfactor in 2019, appearing in all 16 matches but recording less than 400 all-purpose yards and just one total touchdown.

Such a low production total is not worth $5.16 million in cap space, leading the Titans to cut Lewis and save over $4 million in space to add to their projected total of $50 million (per Over The Cap).

With Henry up for a new contract, that’s valuable financial breathing room to work with as Tennessee attempts to retain the rushing king and figure out how to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

At 29 years old, it’ll be interesting to see what type of market Lewis has. He hasn’t made a significant contribution in over a year, but his usage rate was also low, meaning he might still have some quality tread on his tires.

The Titans announced more news on Thursday with the signing of defensive back Chris Milton to a one-year contract. A special teams contributor, Milton was signed by the Titans off waivers from the Colts this past year.

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