NFL free agency: Titans release Jordan Babineaux, Mitch Petrus

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Titans announced the releases of safety Jordan Babineaux and guard Mitch Petrus on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Titans announced they waved safety Jordan Babineaux and guard Mitch Petrus, making both unrestricted free agents, according to the team's official site.

Babineaux, an undrafted free agent in 2004, spent his first seven years in the league with the Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Titans heading into the 2011 season as an unrestricted free agent. While with the Titans, Babineaux led the team in tackles in 2011 with 117 and added another 92 tackles in 2012. He picked off one pass in each of the two seasons, one of which was returned for a 97-yard touchdown against the Browns in 2011.

Patrus was a fifth-round pick in 2010 by the New York Giants. He was released in November of the 2012 season when the Giants activated Travis Beckum. He was then signed by the Patriots, but was released in December when he signed with the Titans, playing in the team's final two games of the season, starting in one.

The Titans were also informed that guard Steve Hutchinson would be retiring on Wednesday. Hutchinson spent most of his career with the Vikings and the Seahawks before signing with the Titans for the 2012 season. He started 12 games for Tennessee, but was injured against the Texans in December, cutting his season short.

Titans general manager Ruston Webster thanked all three players on Wednesday:

"All three of these players spent different amounts of time in our organization, but all three made contributions to the team in some way and I would like to thank them for the efforts, " Webster said. "Hutch has been a great player and I am happy for him that he can walk away from the game under his own terms. I have been with Babs for several years in both Seattle and Tennessee and I have always respected how he played the game."

The Titans did sign free-agent running back Shonn Greene on Wednesday to complement Chris Johnson in the running game. They finished the 2012 season with 6-10 record and will be looking to improve heading into 2013 as they have to compete with both the Texans and the Colts for a spot in the playoffs.

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