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Tennessee Titans release DT Teair Tart

A surprise on Friday afternoon

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The Tennessee Titans are releasing defensive tackle Teair Tart, according to a report from Paul Kuharsky.

The surprising news arrives just minutes after the Titans ruled Tart OUT for the game against the Houston Texans this weekend. Yeah, no kidding. Tart had been a non-participant in two practices this week with a non-injury related designation that was highlighted as “personal.”

Tart entered Monday’s victory over the Miami Dolphins with a “questionable” tag due to similar “personal” reasons. Tart ended up logging 31 of 72 defensive snaps. A healthy, committed Tart should be playing more than that.

It’s no secret that the relationship between Tart and the Titans has been souring throughout the course of the regular season. The Titans, who possessed all the offseason leverage, slapped Tart with a second-round restricted free-agent tender worth $4.3 million. Tart unhappily signed the deal, failing in his attempts to secure a long-term contract (with more guaranteed money) from the Titans.

Both head coach Mike Vrabel and defensive line coach Terrell Williams have voiced their displeasure with Tart’s efforts throughout the season. Earlier this week, the Titans added Keondre Coburn and Quinton Bohanna to their 53-man roster from respective practice squads. Coburn especially projects as a viable like-for-like replacement for Tart as an early-down run defender.

Tart initially joined the Titans as an undrafted rookie out of Florida International in 2020. He’s since developed nicely under the tutelage of Vrabel and Williams. In 2023, Tart appeared in 10 regular-season contests. He leaves the Titans having tallied 21 combined tackles, 15 of which were solo tackles. Tart also added 8.5 stuffs, 1.0 sack, and seven quarterback pressures to his defensive totals. Pro Football Focus awards Tart with a run-stopping grade of 51.6, which feels a little harsh. Tart has routinely been a quality run stopper.

Tart will look to land with a postseason contender. The Dallas Cowboys make sense.