Never let it be said that an NFL player’s future is guaranteed.
Veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins was one of three players the Tennessee Titans waived on Wednesday, four days after the completion of the NFL draft. It was a little more than a year ago that the 2008 fourth-round draft pick was a part of the team’s long-term plans, as evidenced by the three-year, $7.2 million deal he signed.
Also released were wide receiver Michael Calvin and safety Suaesi Tuimaunei. Both signed futures contracts with the team in January.
Hawkins caught 71 passes for 771 yards in 51 career games for the Titans. The majority of his receptions (47) came in 2011, when he scored his only touchdown.
He followed with just five receptions for 62 yards in seven games last season. He was inactive for the other nine games.
Hawkins often hinted at big things with his play in the preseason but never delivered to the same degree — or got the same opportunity — in the regular season. He was one of two Titans who scored a receiving touchdown during the 2011 preseason, the first under current coach Mike Munchak.
Wide receiver and safety have been areas of emphasis in offseason personnel matters.
The Titans signed free agent wide receiver Kevin Walter and then traded up in the second round to draft former University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.
They also added two veteran safeties in free agency, George Wilson and Bernard Pollard, and selected Daimion Stafford in the seventh round of the draft.