Tennessee Titans release cornerback Adoree Jackson, former first-round pick

Adam Sparks
Nashville Tennessean
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The Tennessee Titans released cornerback Adoree Jackson on Tuesday, the franchise announced.

It continues an overhaul of the Titans secondary and other major moves heading into Wednesday's start of free agency. Cornerback Malcolm Butler and safety Kenny Vaccaro also were recently released.

Jackson was the Titans' first-round pick, No. 18 overall, in 2017 out of Southern Cal. In four seasons, he played 46 games (41 starts) and made 200 tackles and two interceptions.

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Jackson's release continues a wild week for the Titans in anticipation of free agency, which opens Wednesday.

On Monday, the Titans lost tight end Jonnu Smith and wide receiver Corey Davis. They will sign with the Patriots and Jets, respectively, according to reports. The receiving corps already was thin after the team waived Adam Humphries and let Kalif Raymond hit free agency.

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) warms up before the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo.

Then the Titans reached agreements to sign defensive lineman Denico Autry and outside linebacker Bud Dupree, the NFL Network reported, to fill a pass-rushing need. And then they added offensive tackle Kendall Lamm, a backup with the Browns.

On Tuesday, the Titans also released Dennis Kelly, who started 16 games at right tackle last season.

The Titans, like most teams, are challenged by the salary cap, which dropped from $198.2 million in 2020 to $182.5 million in 2021. They are trying to clear cap space and fill needs at pass rusher, wide receiver, defensive back and others.

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