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Titans release veteran kicker Rob Bironas, who had spent entire nine-year career in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Tennessee Titans have released Rob Bironas, the franchise's second-leading career scorer and one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history.

Bironas had 1,032 career points in his nine-year career with Tennessee and was just 28 points behind Al Del Greco, the top scorer in the history of the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans organization. Bironas has made 85.7 percent of his career field-goal attempts (239 of 279) to rank fourth in NFL history in accuracy.

The 36-year-old Bironas went 25 of 29 on field goals last season. He also made all 41 of his extra-point attempts to improve to 315 of 317 during his career. Bironas hasn't missed an extra-point attempt since his rookie season of 2005.

"We want to thank Rob for his nine years of service to the Titans," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said Wednesday in a team statement. "He has been an outstanding kicker and we appreciate him both for his contributions on the field and in our community."

In a statement on his Web site, Bironas thanked the Titans organization for nine great seasons.

He also thanked the city of Nashville and said he looked forward to remaining an active member of the community.

PHOTO: FILE - This Dec. 3, 2006 file photo shows Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) running off the field after kicking a 60-yard field goal to beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17  in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans announced Wednesday, March 19, 2014, that they have waived Bironas. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
FILE - This Dec. 3, 2006 file photo shows Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) running off the field after kicking a 60-yard field goal to beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans announced Wednesday, March 19, 2014, that they have waived Bironas. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

"I'm in the best shape of my life both physically and mentally, and my game is good," Bironas said. "And though it is sad to leave the Titans today, I am leaving on a high note, and I look forward to what is to come."

Bironas made a franchise-record 11 game-winning field goals during his career, including a 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 that remains the longest field goal in Oilers or Titans history. Bironas kicked an NFL single-game record eight field goals in a 2007 victory over the Houston Texans, including a 29-yard game-winner as time expired.

Although Bironas made only one Pro Bowl - in 2007 - he was one of the NFL's most productive kickers for much of his time in Tennessee. His 239 field goals over the last nine years are the second-most by any NFL kicker during that stretch. He also has been impressive from long range, going 24 of 34 from at least 50 yards out.

But he wasn't quite as effective lately.

After making 88.9 percent of his field-goal attempts (144 of 162) from 2007-11, Bironas made 83.3 percent (50 of 60) over the last two years.


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