The Tennessean-- Zach Mettenberger was the last player to finish dressing and leave the locker room after the Titans’ regular season finale, a loss to the Colts in Indianapolis in what was perhaps the worst start of his career, and what turned out to be his last with Tennessee.
The Titans waived the backup quarterback and three other players Monday to make room to sign undrafted rookies. Mettenberger had been winless in 10 starts the last two seasons.
To backup Marcus Mariota, the Titans signed veteran quarterback Matt Cassel in March and also have Alex Tanney, who played well in the regular season finale.
Mettenberger completed 208 of 345 pass attempts for 2,347 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 appearances over the last two seasons since being drafted out of LSU in the sixth round in 2014. The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Mettenberger has a strong arm but was hampered by turnovers and immobility. He was intercepted at least once in each of his starts.
In his final appearance, a 30-24 loss to the Colts on Jan. 3, Mettenberger completed 5 of 13 passes for 38 yards and threw an interception returned for a touchdown before being replaced by Tanney early in the third quarter. His passer rating was 14.6.
The timing of the release allows Mettenberger plenty of opportunity to catch on with a new team, with organized team activities just beginning for some clubs this week and training camps well on the horizon. One potential landing spot is the Chargers, where former Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt serves as offensive coordinator.