Myron Rolle, Stafon Johnson among 16 Titans cuts

Myron Rolle and Stafon Johnson were nice feel-good stories for the Tennessee Titans, but neither made a strong enough impact on the football field and now both have been released. They were among 16 players let go by the Titans in cuts made on Friday.

Rolle, the Rhodes Scholar who spent a year away from football at Florida State to study at Oxford, spent last season on the practice squad for the Titans, and this season was clearly in an uphill fight for a job, running third team most of camp and preseason.

Johnson, whose career at Southern Cal was ended with a weightlifting accident that threatened his life, came to Tennessee as an undrafted free agent last season, only to suffer a gruesome ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks that put him out for the season.

Johnson got plenty of work while Chris Johnson was holding out, but was still no better than third or fourth on the depth chart with CJ absent.

In addition to that, the Titans also cut ties with 2010 third-round pick Rennie Curran had become too small for what the team was looking for in its linebackers. Curran, generously listed at 5-11, was going to be forced to compete for a special teams spot, and that did not work out either.

“There is no doubt that it has affected the linebacker position, especially when a lot of our linebackers are big-time special teamers,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “That is another competition thing going on there because if you are not the starter that becomes a huge thing for us. Can you help us in 12 to 14 plays on special teams?”

Other players released included receivers Michael Preston, Yamon Figurs and James Kirkendoll, running backs Herb Donaldson, Kestahn Moore and Joe Tronzo, tight ends Cameron Graham and Riar Geer, offensive lineman Pat McQuistan and Thomas Gray, defensive linemen Hall Davis and Julian Hartsell, and cornerback Lequan Lewis.

The team announced all the cuts except Figurs, but a league source confirmed his release to Figurs had some swelling in his knee that arose in the preseason finale against New Orleans.

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