Michael Oher, the subject of the inspirational best-selling book and film “The Blind Side,” was waived by the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. The right tackle lasted just one season with the Titans after signing a four-year, $20 million deal in March.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, had the Titans held onto Oher by Friday, the team would have been on the hook for $3.35 million of his $4 million base salary. In 2014, Oher earned $6 million in salary and bonuses. Of his $20-million contract, $9.5 million is guaranteed.
Oher, who grew up in Memphis, started 11 games and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 13 due to a toe injury. In the preseason, he reportedly had nagging issues with his bicep. Prior to suffering his toe injury, Oher was considered a disappointment on a Titans offense that ranked No. 29 in the league in average yards per game (303.7) and won just two games.
At age 28, Oher should continue his NFL career, but his days as a starting tackle may be over. The former Ravens first-round pick had spent his entire six-year career as a tackle, but could still be serviceable for teams at guard.
Oher was selected No.23 overall by Baltimore in the 2009 NFL Draft. He became a free agent after winning the 2013 Super Bowl with the Ravens.
The Titans are expected to actively seek a right tackle through the NFL Draft or free agency. The Titans, who have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, used their 2014 first-round pick on tackle Taylor Lewan, and their 2013 first-round pick on guard Chance Warmack. Michael Roos, a three-time All-Pro left tackle, is a free agent. There are 43 other free-agent offensive linemen, according to NFL.com.
Titans CEO Tommy Smith had previously indicated that there would be major roster changes in 2015.
An IB Times staff reporter contributed to this report.