Reports: Titans shopped Derrick Henry, to release Bud DuPree

The Tennessee Titans are expected to release pass rusher Bud DuPree in a cost-cutting move, NFL Network reported Monday.

The report comes a day after Bally Sports reported that the Titans shopped All-Pro running back Derrick Henry at last week’s Scouting Combine.

Henry, 29, is entering the final year of his contract with the Titans. He’s owed $10.5 million in base salary in 2023 — non-guaranteed — but would count $16.4 million against the cap after signing a restructured deal with the Titans in September, according to Spotrac.

Trading Henry would save the Titans roughly $6 million against the cap, incurring a dead cap hit of $10.1 million.

DuPree is due to make $17 million in 2023. The Titans would clear $9.35 million in cap space. The Titans signed him to a five-year, $82.5 million deal in March 2021.

DuPree, 30, had just seven sacks in two seasons and 22 games (17 starts) for the Titans. He posted 46.5 sacks in six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him No. 22 overall in the 2015 draft.

DuPree has 10 forced fumbles and 82 quarterback hits in 103 career games (83 starts) with the two teams.

Henry is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has rushed for 8,335 yards and 78 touchdowns in 102 games (71 starts) for the Titans, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft.

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