Today the Tennessee Titans announced that they are not renewing the contract of their longtime General Manager, Ruston Webster:
The #Titans will not renew the contract of EVP and GM Ruston Webster.
Statement from Amy Adams Strunk: pic.twitter.com/QoQQXkaRHR
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 4, 2016
The move means that the Titans currently have neither a head coach nor a general manager. In the middle of this past season, the team fired coach Ken Whisenhunt in his second season, after a 1-6 start. After removing Whisenhunt, the Titans moved tight ends coach Mike Mularkey into the interim coaching role, after which the team went 2-7. Tennessee reported today that Mularkey is being considered as a candidate for the permanent role.
Since Webster began as Tennessee’s GM in 2012, the team is tied with the Oakland Raiders for the second-worst winning percentage in the league, winning only 28.1% of their games (18-46), ahead of only the Jacksonville Jaguars (21.9%, 14-50). The team went through three head coaches in that four-year span, with Mike Munchak preceding Whisenhunt and Mularkey.
Tennessee will receive the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, or the fourth time in the last six drafts where the Titans have a top-10 overall pick. The team will have about $20 million of cap space heading into the offseason, and their top four highest-paid players — Jason McCourty, Michael Griffin, Brian Orakpo, and Jurrell Casey — are all defensive players.