The Titans aren’t messing around after an embarrassing loss in Cincinnati. The team announced tonight they have released cornerback Johnathan Joseph (our own Justin Melo broke the Joseph news) and long snapper Beau Brinkley. They also informed Vic Beasley that he will be released on Wednesday.
The biggest piece here is obviously Beasley. The Titans gave the EDGE rusher a fully guaranteed 1-year deal worth $9.5 million. It was pretty obvious that Beasley did not have much of a desire to play football when he was 10 days late to training camp. It became even more obvious with the lack of effort he was giving on the field. He finishes the season with 0 sacks.
Speaking of things that were obvious, it was obvious that Joseph had no business being on an NFL roster. He struggled in camp, by all reports, and was terrible when forced into duty because of all the injuries that piled up at corner. He had a good NFL career, but this will be the end of the line for him.
Brinkley has been with the Titans since 2012 – one of the longest tenured guys on the roster. Brinkley had two bad snaps in the last two games. The one this past Sunday, on an extra point, resulted in an injury to Brett Kern that will likely cause the Titans punter to miss time.
The Titans will need Derick Roberson to step up with Beasley off the roster. Roberson was good down the stretch last season but has been slowed this year with injuries.
Desmond King was acquired on Monday from the Chargers to come in and take Joseph’s spot. To call that an upgrade is a huge understatement.
Matt Overton will most likely be called up to the practice squad to take Brinkley’s place. How much will the kicking game be affected against the Bears with a new snapper, holder and punter? We will find out.
I broke down all of the roster moves on the latest Titans in Ten: