NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans released six players, including four starters led by receiver Derrick Mason, on Monday in an attempt to cut up to $27 million as the team tries to get under the NFL's salary cap.
General manager Floyd Reese said they released cornerback Samari Rolle, defensive lineman Kevin Carter, right tackle Fred Miller -- all starters with Mason. They also cut fullback Robert Holcombe and kicker Joe Nedney.
The Titans are the NFL's third winningest team since 1997, and Reese said they are paying the price now for trying to maintain that success. These cuts will allow the Titans to tender offers to their 10 restricted free agents and all their exclusive rights free agents.
Tennessee has the No. 6 pick overall in the draft, their highest since picking Steve McNair third overall in 1995. Reese said they will attempt to model Baltimore's cap-cutting moves by cutting as deep as possible in one year and build for the future through the draft.