Pro Football Focus’ Ari Meirov shared that the 36-year-old special teamer is available after his release.
The #Titans are releasing 3x Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern after 13 seasons with the team, per @AdamSchefter. Kern was the longest tenured player on the Titans and ranks third in franchise history with 197 games played.
Undrafted rookie Ryan Stonehouse will be Tennessee’s punter.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 29, 2022
He tweeted, “The #Titans are releasing 3x Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern after 13 seasons with the team, per @AdamSchefter. Kern was the longest-tenured player on the Titans and ranks third in franchise history with 197 games played. Undrafted rookie Ryan Stonehouse will be Tennessee’s punter.”
It’s an end of an era now that Kern will have to continue his NFL career elsewhere.
Like his replacement, he also went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft after playing for the Toledo Rockets.
In his final year with the squad, Kern had 52 punts for 2,399 yards and a 46.1 average.
The Denver Broncos took a chance on him, and he defeated Sam Paulescu for the starting job.
He lasted two seasons with the Broncos, even if he averaged the third-best rate in yards per punt in NFL history in 2009.
The Titans then claimed him off waivers to replace Reggie Hodges.
Aside from three Pro Bowl selections, Kern also earned a Second Team All-Pro inclusion in 2017 and First-Team All-Pro in 2019.
As of the 2021 season, he had 996 punts for 45,728 yards.
His longest punt was at 79 yards, while he had 395 attempts that went inside the 20-yard line.
Kern A Fit For The Bills?
Recently, the Buffalo Bills released Matt Haack in favor of Matt Araiza.
It didn’t take long for Haack to find a new home after signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
However, the Bills will have to find another punter after releasing Araiza.
They could take a look at Kern and bring him to their loaded roster.
It’s not as if the Bills often punt, given their firepower on offense.
But if they do, it’s nice to have a proven contributor in Kern.