The 2017 Tennessee Titans’ receiving corps will look quite different from the team’s previous group, and the latest effort in a steady makeover resulted in a wideout being cut just after minicamp.
Eric Decker signed with the Titans after visiting last week, and that move led to the team waiving Bra’Lon Cherry on Monday. The North Carolina State product joined the Titans as one of their priority free agents just after the draft but will now look for employment elsewhere after this transaction.
Cherry will venture onto waivers, and if he’s unclaimed, the 5-foot-11 receiver will become a free agent. The Titans made the rookie part of their 12-man undrafted free-agent haul in early May, and Cherry participated in the team’s minicamp last week. But he became the odd man out after Decker’s late foray into free agency.
Cherry did not finish with eye-popping statistics as a member of the Wolfpack. He established career high marks as a senior last season, finishing with 30 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Nevertheless, he spent several weeks with the Titans, who already added two wideouts on the first two days of the draft.
Tennessee will now move toward training camp with Decker, Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor in the fold. Those three will take up roster spots, making the incumbents’ statuses uncertain. Rishard Matthews will have a spot again, and 2016 late-round success story Tajae Sharpe probably will too. This could pit Harry Douglas and Eric Weems — both former Falcons — against one another for a job this preseason. There are other candidates vying here as well, so Cherry’s best hope probably was a practice squad spot.