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Montana cornerback Ryan McKinley, followed by linebacker Josh Buss at right, runs into the end zone for a touchdown on a 53-yard interception return against Savannah State.

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MISSOULA — The Tennessee Titans waived former Montana Grizzly cornerback Ryan McKinley on Monday, according to the daily list of NFL transactions.

The Titans called McKinley after the NFL Draft on April 28 to extend him an undrafted free agent contract. McKinley agreed to terms with the Titans on Friday, May 11.

McKinley, of Anthem, Arizona, had been in talks with the Titans before the NFL Draft. He had also been in talks with the Arizona Cardinals as well. 

As a senior, McKinley led the Big Sky Conference with 15 passes defended and earned All-Big Sky third-team honors after the season concluded. He racked up 48 tackles in his final season as a Grizzly, bringing his career total to 83. He also had two interceptions this season, including a 53-yard pick-6. 

McKinley, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back, raised some eyebrows at Montana's pro day with his jumps. 

McKinley jumped 39 1/2 inches for his vertical — a mark that's tied for 13th with all NFL Combine participants. Among defensive backs, he'd be sixth. McKinley's broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches — or 130 total inches — would have been 10th overall at the Combine and seventh among defensive backs.

He posted a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and did 13 reps on the bench. 

The other Grizzly from last year's roster getting NFL looks is Justin Strong. Strong, a safety, was invited to two rookie minicamps with the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints

Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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