Tennessee Titans release 2020 third-round pick, running back Darrynton Evans
Evans never lived up to the expectations that came with being a 2020 third-round pick out of Appalachian State. He played just six games in two seasons with Titans, including one last year, due to injury.
Evans had missed the first six games of the 2021 season on injured reserve and returned for Week 7 against Kansas City before being placed on IR again, ending his season.
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In six games with the Titans, Evans had 16 carries for 61 yards and four receptions for 38 yards. His release creates $785,584 in cap space for the Titans, who will also incur a $438,832 dead money charge.
Tennessee could make it a priority to re-sign D'Onta Foreman and/or Dontrell Hilliard with Evans gone. Foreman and Hilliard, who helped keep the run game afloat in 2021 with Derrick Henry sidelined for nine games, are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next week.
Just one of the Titans' top three picks from 2020 remain on the roster: cornerback Kristian Fulton. Tennessee's first-round pick that year, Isaiah Wilson, played in just one game before getting traded to the Dolphins.
Evans joins offensive linemen Rodger Saffold and Kendall Lamm as Tennessee cuts Thursday. With Evans, Saffold ($10.4 million in cap savings) and Lamm ($3.1) off the books, the Titans have created more than than $14 million in cap space Thursday.