Six days into NFL free agency, the Titans have managed to add linebacker Brian Orakpo, corner Perrish Cox, receiver Harry Douglas, safety Da’Norris Searcy and tight end Anthony Fasano while keeping several of their own free agents. But one place that’s yet to be addressed is running back, with second-year back Bishop Sankey and veteran Shonn Greene currently sitting atop the depth chart.
After struggling in his first season, Sankey figures to get another shot to prove himself, but the same can’t be said for Greene.
Greene joined the Titans in the 2013 offseason on a three-year, $10-million pact, but struggled to 392 yards in his second season in Tennessee. If similar numbers are in store from the 29-year-old next season, he’s not worth the $4.1-million he’s due in 2015. With a draft full of running backs and a plethora of veterans on the free agent market, Tennessee could do much better with the $3.35-million they’d get in savings by cutting Greene loose.
Whether the Titans decide to go after a back like Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and move on from Sankey in the hunt for a franchise running back or add a veteran like Ahmad Bradshaw, the team’s future appears much brighter without Greene in it. An extra $3-million could go a long way towards filling needs at receiver, linebacker (even with Orakpo now in the fold), defensive back and others, and Greene’s days on the Tennessee roster should be limited.