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Titans release Babineaux, Petrus

It's a big news day for the Tennessee Titans, so I'll have a couple posts tonight.

First, the Titans released two of their own players, setting free strong safety Jordan Babineaux and offensive guard Mitch Petrus. Babineaux was the bigger name of the two, and had a very nice 2011 season as a bargain basement free agency pickup. He was never that great in coverage, though, and his run defense slipped in 2012. With the signing of George Wilson a couple weeks ago, his release was pretty much a matter of time unless something unexpected happened. By setting him free now, he has a better chance to catch on with another team at a good time. Maybe I'm positively disposed toward him because I won a signed football from him in a Twitter contest, but best of luck to him in his pursuit for an opportunity elsewhere.

Petrus was a waiver wire pickup in December, when the Titans were desperate for bodies on the offensive line. He got the start in Week 16, and unfortunately his most memorable moment as a Titans player proved to be a blown protection call that resulted in a sack. That's the sort of thing that can happen when you're around teammates for a week at a position where continuity is so important. I thought there was a chance he could stick around as the non-center interior backup, but apparently not.

Write-ups on Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, and any other signings coming later.