The move was general manager Jon Robinson’s lone transaction on a day when many teams comb through the roster cuts of their competitors in search of productive players at value. Undrafted rookie defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad was released to clear room for Amaro and keep the Titans at the league-mandated 53 players heading into the regular season.
The Titans hold the top waiver claim as a result of finishing with the worst record in the NFL in 2015 and will maintain first rights through Week 3 of this coming regular season.
An injury-riddled tenure with the New York Jets, the team that drafted Amaro out of Texas Tech, contributed to the pass-catcher’s early release. Amaro missed the entirety of the 2015 campaign with a torn shoulder labrum and sustained damage to his groin in this year’s preseason.
— Jace Amaro (@J_ACER22) September 4, 2016
As a rookie, Amaro played in 14 games, catching 38 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns.
Injuries were not the only reason New York chose to part ways with the third-year vet. According to Football Outsiders, Amaro recorded the second-highest drop rate in the NFL despite having the lowest percentage of un-catchable balls thrown to him among tight ends with at least 50 targets.
Friday saw a total of 22 players released by the Titans to bring the roster to 53. So, the assumption was that Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey felt satisfied moving forward into 2016 with three tight ends on the roster.
Information from ESPN.com, The Tennessean and Football Outsiders contributed to this report.