Shonn Greene released by Titans
The Tennessee Titans have reportedly released running back Shonn Greene. Greene has been with the Titans for two seasons, as he began his career with the New York Jets. Greene was used as a backup, and all of the additions over the offseason may have hurt his chances for a spot with Tennessee.
Greene was scheduled to make $3.25 Million this season, as he signed a 3-year, $10 Million dollar deal back in 2013.
The Titans reloaded their backfield this offseason, when they drafted the electric David Cobb out of Minnesota. They also have Bishop Sankey, who they drafted last season, who never quite came along. However, Tennessee still has high hopes for the second year veteran. Also, Dexter McCluster is gradually becoming a bigger threat coming out of the backfield, and is a menace in the passing game. Greene found himself being used when Tennessee needed a small gain. However, Tennessee still has high hopes for the second year veteran. Unfortunately for Greene, he found himself as the odd man out in Tennessee’s backfield.
Greene joined Tennessee in 2013, with the hope of becoming a Pro-Bowler. He was coming off consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons with the Jets, and he did this while sharing time in the backfield. The Titans had a solid running back in Chris Johnson, but his play was slowly declining. They hoped Greene would be a reliable backup to him, and in worst case scenario, his replacement. However, Johnson shined, and put up over 1,000 yards in Greene’s first season. In his first year as a Titan, he rushed for only 295 yards on 77 attempts. His second year was a little better, as the Titans were without Chris Johnson, but drafted the then shining draft prospect, Bishop Sankey. Sankey took the majority of the carries, but Greene still rushed for 392 rushing yards on 94 attempts. Greene skipped last month’s voluntary OTA’s, while Tennessee is just beginning their mandatory mini camps this week.
Greene is entering his 7th season in the league, since he was drafted out of Iowa in 2009. He is a tough, physical runner, and is mainly used for 3rd and short situations. However, back in New York, he was able to be a primary back. He can still be a great back in the NFL, but he will need to find a new beginning somewhere else, to pursue his football career.