Titans cutting Al Woods prevents $1.25M guarantee from kicking in

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- General manager Jon Robinson signed nose tackle Al Woods to a three-year deal in 2016, but Woods isn’t getting to a second season with the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans are releasing Woods before $1.25 million of his $2.75 million base salary becomes guaranteed next Monday.

That will save them the $2.75 million this year and a 2018 base salary of $3 million, but $1.5 million of his signing bonus remains as a cap hit.

The Titans are in line to start 2016 second-round pick Austin Johnson at nose tackle -- a run-down job in their defense. Undrafted Antwaun Woods had a big camp and spent the bulk of the season on the practice squad before appearing in the finale. He, too, can man the spot among players currently on the roster.

Tennessee regards its defensive line as a team strength.

The franchise spent pretty good resources on the cast surrounding two-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey. Johnson is a second-rounder from 2016, DaQuan Jones was a third-rounder in 2014 and Angelo Blackson was a fourth-rounder in 2015.

There remains room for more, of course.