Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans have free agent RB Shonn Greene coming in for a visit today, as well as DT Sammie Hill, who is expected to sign a contract before he leaves.
After letting RB Javon Ringer step into free agency, the Titans have a need for a second string RB. They will also be looking to get bigger at the position. Ringer was a good back for the Titans, but his lack of size made it the wrong fit for the Titans. Johnson is the back that gets the big yards, but he needs a short-yardage back to complement his skill set. Ringer just wasn’t that guy.
Greene won’t be either. I’d be shocked to hear that the Titans had offered him a contract. Greene will be looking for more money than the Titans can part with, first and foremost, and the fact that Greene’s career has trended downward ever since his rookie year doesn’t make him that appetizing of an option. Here’s a brief look at his career stats, courtesy of ESPN.com.
You could make the argument that Greene was a decent back when playing second fiddle to Thomas Jones in New York. I’d bite on that. Then again, he also dropped the ball enough times in few enough carries during that span of time that you get a little worried. That worry is also present after his most recent season, where he tied his career high of three fumbles.
The Titans should be eying a RB in the draft, where there seems to be a fine crop that should be available in the 3rd round, where the Titans should have an extra compensatory pick. It’d also be the cheaper route, which is something the Titans should be considering after investing so much of their space in OG Andy Levitre yesterday.
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