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Titans release safety Schulters

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer

June 16, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans released safety Lance Schulters on Thursday after failing to reach agreement on a new salary cap-friendly deal.

The Titans, who cut six high-priced veterans in February, had been expected to release the seven-year veteran in their attempt to rebuild and free up enough salary cap space to build up other weak areas this season.

General manager Floyd Reese said he believes Schulters still has good football left, but added: ''we are committed to getting through our cap difficulties this year.''


Schulters, paid a roster bonus in March, was scheduled to earn $2.75 million in salary this season. Team officials and agent Brian Levy made one last attempt at finding a price both could agree earlier this week.

``We floated some ideas back and forth,'' Levy said. ``I don't think either of us felt comfortable with the other's ideas. So we just felt it would be best at this time we parted ways amicably. We've accomplished that.''

Schulters revived the Tennessee defense when signed as a free agent in 2002 after beginning his career in San Francisco. He didn't miss a start until injuring his left foot in the third game last year and missed the rest of the season.

Schulters has 5 1/2 sacks and 15 interceptions in his career, and he had 192 tackles and six interceptions in his three seasons with the Titans.

He becomes the sixth starter released for cap reasons since Feb. 28 when the Titans waived receiver Derrick Mason, defensive end Kevin Carter, cornerback Samari Rolle, right tackle Fred Miller and kicker Joe Nedney.

The Titans, who ranked 27th in defense in 2004 in an injury-filled season, now have lost five starters off that unit. Cutting Schulters leaves linebackers Keith Bulluck and Peter Sirmon as the most senior veterans with five years' experience each.

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