Lavelle Hawkins majored in social welfare, but he knows math.

When he counted all the wide receivers on the roster, he knew his job with the Titans might be in jeopardy, especially considering his 2013 salary.

So he wasn’t surprised Wednesday when coach Mike Munchak informed him he was being waived.

“One day we’re all going to be that guy, and mine just came a little earlier than I’d hoped,” Hawkins said. “But I appreciate the Titans for giving me an opportunity, and for how they handled it. He could have strung me all the way through training camp knowing I wasn’t going to make it. Now I can move on and prepare for my next opportunity.

“Hey, I was due to make ($1.9) million. And for a guy who caught five balls last year, that’s unheard of. I totally understand.”

Hawkins, a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2008 out of California, caught just five passes for 62 yards in 2012, one year after a breakout season of 47 receptions for 470 yards and a touchdown.

The Titans rewarded Hawkins for his improvement, signing him to a three-year, $7.2 million contract last offseason. There was plenty of uncertainty with the receiving corps at the time, including Kenny Britt coming off knee surgery. Hawkins received a $2 million signing bonus as a part of the contract and made $800,000 last season.

Then the Titans drafted wide receiver Kendall Wright with their first-round pick last year, and he led the team in catches as a rookie. Last week the Titans drafted former Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter in the second round, not long after signing free agent wideout Kevin Walter.

Wide receivers Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Marc Mariani and Michael Preston are also on the roster.

Hawkins caught 71 passes for 771 yards in five seasons.