NASHVILLE,TN (news release from Tennessee Titans)-- Titans coach Mike Munchak made his first round of cuts as a head coach on Monday.
The former offensive lineman had personal conversations with the released players, thanking them for their work since camp opened and wishing them well in their pursuit of a roster spot with another team or down the road with Tennessee.
The Titans waived nine players and placed holdout Chris Johnson on the “reserve/did not report” list as the team reduced its roster from 90 players to 80 players a day before the mandatory deadline set by the NFL.
Tennessee waived seven-year veteran defensive tackle Jovan Haye, who spent the past two seasons with the Titans, and also parted with linebacker Jonathan Cornell, punter Chad Cunningham, fullback Patrick Hills, linebacker Kevin Malast, quarterback Brett Ratliff, safety Nick Schommer, receiver Owen Spencer and long snapper John Stokes.
Munchak said he wanted to tell those players as soon as he and the coaching staff knew in order to give the players another opportunity elsewhere. All 32 teams must have their roster trimmed to 53 players by Saturday, so more cuts are on the way.
The remaining players will be competing at the position level along with the overall needs of the team. Munchak said he expects great competition this week in practice and in the Titans’ fourth and final preseason game Thursday against the New Orleans Saints.
“It’s one of those things where they go out there, they feel like they control their own destiny,” Munchak said. “I think these guys have pushed each other well, I think they’ve gotten along well, they’ve competed. You never know, a week from now, two weeks from now, some of these guys could be back. You just never know in this league how things can change real fast.”
Owen Spencer is a Belville resident and a graduate of North Brunswick High School in Leland. Spencer signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans in late July. The former NC State wide receiver did not catch a pass in any of the three Titans pre-season games.