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Michael Oher epitomizes Titans' free-agency failures

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Titans Release Michael Oher (2:41)

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky breaks down why the team released right tackle Michael Oher. (2:41)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Perhaps no player better illustrates the Tennessee Titans' failures in personnel assessment than Michael Oher.

The veteran right tackle got a four-year, $20 million deal from Tennessee last spring. That came despite a feeling around the league that Oher had steadily declined in his first four seasons in the league with the Baltimore Ravens.

Inexplicably, the Titans banked on the idea that they could revive him. They couldn't, and the team released Oher on Thursday.

He was defensive and did not respond well to questions about not playing well. At least left guard Andy Levitre fessed up to poor play and clearly felt terribly about it. Oher repeatedly indicated he was playing OK when he was not.

I got a strong sense that he did not bond well with his linemates. He amounts to the captain of a 2014 Titans free-agent class that did little.

Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard made tackles but quickly yielded to rookie Avery Williamson as the defensive signal-caller.

Dexter McCluster earned few touches as a running back and did little as a punt returner.

Defensive lineman Al Woods was a bit player. Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips was cut Nov. 25.

If the Titans don't bring in a better and more productive group when free agency opens March 10, general manager Ruston Webster will have to lose job security.