NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee Titans have released starting middle linebacker Barron Wortham, his agent confirmed Tuesday night.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher called Wortham and told him he was being released by the AFC champions from the remaining two years of his four-year, $8.4 million contract, agent Scott Casterline said.

Titans spokesman Tony Wyllie said he could not confirm or deny Wortham's release.

Wortham, 31, was a sixth-round draft pick from Texas-El Paso in 1994 by the then-Houston Oilers.

Casterline said it appears the Titans are overloaded at linebacker.

Tennessee signed free agent Randall Godfrey earlier this year and took three linebackers, including first-round pick Keith Bulluck of Syracuse, in the recent NFL draft.

During the 1999 regular season, the 5-foot-11, 245-pound Wortham made 81 tackles, recovered three fumbles and made five tackles-for-loss.