The Titans have waived (injured) veteran offensive tackle Michael Oher, according to the team’s official website. Oher signed with the Titans last offseason after playing his first five seasons with the Ravens. He played in eleven games in 2014 before being placed on injured reserve.
It was not a surprise to see Oher exit the team after just one season. His contract was considered pricey at the time of the signing, and after the team drafted Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan with its first-round pick, the need for Oher was mitigated. With a large cap number, the Titans were able to move on from Oher to create space for incoming free agents. Oher allowed six sacks and 26 quarterback hurries in eleven games in 2014 before landing on IR.
According to OverTheCap.com, the man who inspired the a Hollywood movie has a $5MM cap number in 2015 with an increase to $6MM the following two years. However, Tennessee will save $2MM this offseason and more going forward with this move. By reducing that large cap number, the team was able to move on from Oher to create space for incoming free agents. Had Oher remained on the Titans’ roster on Friday, $3.35MM of his $4MM base salary would have been fully guaranteed.
Rob DiRe contributed to this post.