Eugene Amano TEN Mar 17 '79

Titans released C Eugene Amano.

The writing has been on the wall for a couple of months. Amano, 31, missed all of last season with a torn triceps muscle. The nine-year veteran has started 68 games in his career, but he needed to be replaced. Amano was set to count over $6 million against the salary cap this year. The Titans are moving forward with Fernando Velasco and rookie Brian Schwenke at center.

Eugene Amano TEN Feb 06 '79

The Nashville Tennessean reiterates that the Titans are expected to release C Eugene Amano.

We're surprised it hasn't happened already, as the Tennessean has expected this since early March. Amano is due nearly $3.7 million in salary and has battled knee soreness this offseason while recovering from a torn triceps. Fernando Velasco proved a 2012 upgrade at center, and the Titans drafted C Brian Schwenke.

Eugene Amano TEN Dec 15 '78

The Nashville Tennessean expects the Titans to release C Eugene Amano.

One of the league's highest-paid centers, Amano missed all of last season with a torn right triceps. Fernando Velasco was better than Amano during the absence. Cutting Amano would clear $3.685 million in salary off the Titans' books.

Eugene Amano TEN Nov 11 '78

Titans C Eugene Amano triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $3.685 million to $3.935 million.

Amano didn't play a single game in 2012 after tearing his triceps in early August. However, he did start 60 of a possible 64 games in the four years prior. Amano signed a five-year deal ahead of the 2011 season, but the Nashville Tennessean recently mentioned him as a candidate for release this offseason. The Titans can move on with Fernando Velasco at center.

Eugene Amano TEN Oct 31 '78

Titans C Eugene Amano is a candidate for offseason release.

Amano is due a hefty $3.685 million salary in 2013 after missing the entire 2012 season with a torn right triceps and grading out as one of the worst centers in the league in 2011. With RG Leroy Harris an impending free agent and LG Steve Hutchinson considering retirement, GM Ruston Webster has said that solidifying the interior line is "probably the first priority."

Eugene Amano TEN May 15 '78

Titans C Eugene Amano has been diagnosed with a torn triceps, and is done for the season.

Amano has been the Titans' starting center each of the past four seasons, but the Titans opened up his job up to competition following a dismal 2011, where he graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth worst center. Fernando Velasco, Kevin Matthews and undrafted rookie William Vlachos will now compete for the job, with Velasco being the favorite. The Titans will also surely be on the lookout for veteran help.

Eugene Amano TEN Mar 23 '78

Titans C Eugene Amano (knee surgery) has resumed practicing at this week's minicamp.

Amano is right on schedule after a pair of offseason surgeries, the second of which was never disclosed. Although he's facing competition from Fernando Velasco, Kevin Matthews, and rookie William Vlachos, Amano worked with the first-team offense on Tuesday.

Eugene Amano TEN Mar 12 '78

The Titans have opened C Eugene Amano's starting job to competition.

Amano was one of the least effective centers in the NFL last season. While he's viewed as the "leader in the clubhouse," Amano will have to hold off Fernando Velasco, Kevin Matthews, and rookie William Vlachos. A veteran signing can't be ruled out, either. Matthews has been working with the first team while Amano rehabs knee and shoulder surgeries.

Eugene Amano TEN Feb 26 '78

The Titans expect C Eugene Amano back from his multiple offseason surgeries at June minicamp.

One of the surgeries was on Amano's knee. The other is undisclosed, though a shoulder injury ended Amano's 2011 season in early December. While Amano was one of the worst centers in football last year, it's fair to wonder if the injuries affected his performance. The Titans were high enough on Amano following the 2009 season to hand him a five-year, $26.247 million contract.

Eugene Amano TEN Dec 25 '77

The signing of OG Steve Hutchinson has not decreased the Titans' interest in free agent C Scott Wells, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Per the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn, the Titans aren't "overly thrilled" with holdover Eugene Amano and would "easily release" him if they land Wells. Though he has three years left on his five-year, $26.25 contract, Amano has been one of the least effective centers in the NFL the past two years. Look for Wells, a Nashville native, to ultimately return home.