NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Sunday paper on Feb. 20, 2005 had a blockbuster lead story:

The Titans were on the verge of a massive salary cap purge, the release of six players including four foundational guys, two of them homegrown stars.Rollebighead

The report from Jim Wyatt at The Tennessean came 16 years ago today in an era when a reporter could secure a scoop and have it stand up for a time – in this instance quite a long time.

Wyatt, a friend with whom I worked at the paper for 10 years, was as good a team beat writer as there was in the country.

The Titans and GM Floyd Reese parting with Samari Rolle, Derrick Mason, Kevin Carter, Fred Miller, Joe Nedney and Robert Holcombe helped the franchise chop away a significant amount of scheduled salary as they faced a $27 million dollar overrun of the $85.5 million cap.

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