The Tennessee Titans have an incredible log jam at the running back position right now. So much so that a coveted free agent signed last year, Shonn Greene, may be on the roster bubble entering the 2014 NFL season.
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Even with the offseason release of former starting back Chris Johnson, the roster still has 7th year veteran Jackie Battle, 2nd year back Collin Mooney, free agent Leon Washington, second round selection Bishop Sankey, and undrafted free agents Antonio Andrews & Waymon James. Even free agent Dexter McCluster has been a wide receiver/running back hybrid.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.com has this to say after spending time at initial offseason workouts.
This much is known: Greene was underwhelming in 2013, and he recently had a second knee surgery. He's scheduled to earn $2.3 million in 2014, and that's not chump change. The Titans drafted Bishop Sankey, and the team plans to use Dexter McCluster in the backfield. A big back is on board in Jackie Battle, and undrafted rookie Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky is no slouch. Greene won't take part in the OTAs, so he'll need to prove his worth in camp.
I see a few major issues that hurts Greene's chances. Greene only managed to play in 10 games last year. His yard per carry has decreased each of the last three years. As was previously stated, he just had his second knee surgery and will miss OTAs.
All of that combined with the remaining money due to him and it doesn't look too positive. Not to mention that Battle would supply the same running style supplied by Greene, at a lesser price. Add to the list that there is a new offensive coordinator and a new head coach. As they say...The new guys probably don't want to be stuck with the last guy's guys. I would be shocked if Greene is still in Tennessee come September.