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Titans Add QB Matt Barkley, Release QB DeShone Kizer, in a Flurry of Roster Moves


NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Barkley, while adding three more players in a flurry of roster moves on Thursday.

The team has released quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Also on Thursday, the Titans signed tight end Donnie Ernsberger and offensive linemen Brent Qvale and Ross Reynolds while placing two more players -- center Spencer Pulley and defensive back Greg Mabin -- on Injured Reserve.

Barkley, who played in college at Southern California, spent the past three seasons with the Bills (2018-2020), where he played in eight games. In five games as back-up with the Bills in 2020, Barkley played in five games and completed 11-of-21 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Prior to his time in Buffalo, Barkley spent time with the Eagles (2013-14), Cardinals (2015), Bears (2016), 49ers (2017), Cardinals (2017), and Bengals (2018).

A fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016, Barkley (6-2, 234) has played in 19 career NFL games, including seven starts. He's completed 212-of-363 passes for 2,699 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and a passer rating of 66.6.

Ryan Tannehill is the team's starter, and Logan Woodside is competing to be the back-up quarterback once again with the Titans.

Qvale (6-7, 315), who played at Nebraska, played in 63 games for the Jets from 2014-2019, and he played in 14 games with the Texans in 2020. He's worked at tackle and guard in the NFL.

Reynolds (6-4, 300), who played at Iowa, was waived by the Dolphins and Washington Football team in the last week after spending time with each team. He's been in the league since 2019 when he signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He didn't make San Francisco's 53-man roster, but spent time on the team's practice squad. Last year, he also spent time on the Patriots' practice squad. He's expected to compete in the interior of the offensive line in Tennessee.

Ernsberger (6-3, 241) signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, and he spent time on the team's active roster and practice squad during the 2018 season. Ernsberger, who played at Western Michigan, went through training camp with the Jaguars in 2019 and more recently spent time with the DC Defenders of the XFL.

The Titans return to the practice field on Friday.

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