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Cornerback Jason McCourty officially released from Tennessee Titans

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UPDATE: (4/17/17)

Cornerback Jason McCourty has officially been released from the Tennessee Titans after spending his entire eight-year NFL career with the organization.

“I have a ton of respect for Jason and what he has meant for this team and accomplished in our community in his eight years with the Titans,” said Titans General Manager Jon Robinson. “He is a true professional and a leader for his group and for the team. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward. Ultimately, we did what was best for both sides. We talked about having him back this season, but neither side could find the right solution, so we are each going our different ways. I want to thank him on behalf of the organization for his time here in Tennessee.”

McCourty was due $7 million this season in the final year of his contract, and the Titans need to improve their secondary after ranking 30th in the NFL in pass defense last season.

Injuries limited McCourty to four games in 2015, though he played 14 games last season.

McCourty tweeted that he couldn't have imagined that it would be eight years before he said goodbye to an organization that drafted him at No. 203 in 2009. He thanked the Titans and says he can't wait to see where he will play next.

"In 2009 the TN Titans took a change and drafted a young 21-year-old kid from Rutgers with their 203rd pick. Never could have I imagined it would be 8 years before would be saying goodbye, I can’t thank the Titans organization, my teammates, and the Adams family enough, they have been tremendous to my family and me. God has carried me this far and blessed me with so many opportunities, I can’t wait to see in which city he places me next to continue my career! And to the fans, thank you so much for all the support throughout the years, it’s been on hell of a ride! #TitanUp one last time.

Jmac #30"

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UPDATE: (3:20 p.m.)

Cornerback Jason McCourty says that he is leaving the Tennessee Titans after spending his entire eight-year NFL career with the organization.

McCourty shared the news Thursday afternoon on a Twitter post. The Titans had no immediate comment.

McCourty was due $7 million this season in the final year of his contract, and the Titans need to improve their secondary after ranking 30th in the NFL in pass defense last season.

Injuries limited McCourty to four games in 2015, though he played 14 games last season.

McCourty tweeted that he couldn't have imagined that it would be eight years before he said goodbye to an organization that drafted him at No. 203 in 2009. He thanked the Titans and says he can't wait to see where he will play next.

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Tennessee Titans' cornerback Jason McCourty says he's not longer with the team.

McCourty was reportedly released by the team on Thursday.

Here's McCourty's full statement:

In 2009 the TN Titans took a change and drafted a young 21-year-old kid from Rutgers with their 203rd pick. Never could have I imagined it would be 8 years before would be saying goodbye, I can’t thank the Titans organization, my teammates, and the Adams family enough, they have been tremendous to my family and me. God has carried me this far and blessed me with so many opportunities, I can’t wait to see in which city he places me next to continue my career! And to the fans, thank you so much for all the support throughout the years, it’s been on hell of a ride! #TitanUp one last time.

Jmac #30