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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.

MISSOULA — Ryan McKinley, a former Montana cornerback, is signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans, he told 406mtsports.com on Saturday. 

McKinley had been in talks with the Arizona Cardinals and the Titans for pre-draft workouts. 

"this is only the beginning ... thankful for the opportunity, Titans organization #mommawemadeit," McKinley wrote on Instagram. 

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. 

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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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