On a team with plenty of question marks, perhaps only quarterback Jake Locker ranks as the biggest name than running back Shonn Greene.
According to http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/tennessee-titans/, Greene signed a three-year, $10 million contract. The average salary per year for Greene is $3.3 million; however the guaranteed salary per year for Greene is $4.2 million. He is expected to become a free agent in 2016.
The Tennessee Titans viewed Greene as a great complimentary back to former Titans and current New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, with CJ2K as the home-run hitter and Greene as a capable short-yardage guy. And they knew they were probably a year away from parting with Johnson.
Even a year ago, Greene’s new deal ranked as a big contract for a running back lacking any super-special qality. And given the free-agent market for running backs in 2014, it looks even worse now.
He has suffered a numerous amount of injuries since 2009 when he was the running back for the New York Jets. His most recent injury took place as the running back for the Titans. In September 2013, Greene hurt his right knee in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Greene rushed for 18 yards on four carries; however he was sidelined for five weeks.
Things went downhill from there even after starting the season 3-1 when Locker suffered a hip injury against the Jets and had to miss four to eight weeks. Seven weeks later, Greene rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries winning against the St. Louis Rams. He also had a 28 yard catch and run. He is currently out of practice until training camp starts in late July.
First-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt said this week that Greene should be in a good position come camp, ready to put the injury behind him and take his share of reps to contribute.
If that’s the case, then he’ll get more touches in some games over others during the 2014 season, depending on matchups and game plans.
Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster figure prominently – probably more prominently in the backfield.
Greene can be a vaulable piece if he’s able to extend drives with short-yardage conversions while helping save the other two guys from the punishment that comes with those sorts of runs up the gut.
This offensive line should be better at blocking for the needed yard and he’s got a good history of getting it when the Jets were very good at helping create the space. The Titans had no faith in their ability to do so last year. Remember the end of the Arizona Cardinals game and the opportunity to convert for two points from the 1-yard line to win it? They didn’t even consider trying.
Key conversions that extend key drives may not make him worth the contract, but they will have great value.
If he doesn’t get them, then Greene’s deal will almost certainly rank at the bottom of the list for the ones general manager Ruston Webster and his front office have negotiated for free agents who’ve come to Nashville.
Cutting Greene, who was underwhelming last season would save the team $2.3 million.