There aren’t a lot of players that stay in the NFL for very long, however ex-Tennessee Titans’ defensive tackle Shaun Smith started playing in the NFL in 2003 when he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys.
Unfortunately the Titans had to release Smith this morning. They have many defensive tackles on the team and it’s at that point in pre-season that cuts to the roster are just inevitable.
After spending the season with the Cowboys in 2003, Smith played half a season with the New Orleans Saints, and then spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals (2004-2006). He then moved across the state to play for the Cleveland Browns from 2007-2009. His final two years were spent with the Kansas City Cheifs (2010) and finally the Titans (2011).
Over his eight years in the NFL, Smith recorded 155 tackles with four sacks in 94 games.
Smith sent out numerous tweets, including the following, to make sure that his fans and his 15,000+ Twitter followers knew that he appreciated the support that he has been given over the seasons.
With the release, the Titans still have players like Zach Clayton, Jurrell Casey, and Karl Klug all from last year’s draft, and they picked up Mike Martin this year. Veteran starters are Sen’Derrick Marks, Lamari Divens and DaJohn Harris are also around.
While you don’t like to see guys get released that have played on the team with a respected amount of playing time, it’s just part of the business that at some point everyone has to be faced with. It was Smith’s time to leave the Titans and the franchise did it in a respectful manner, while making cuts when they are required by the league.