The Titans would like Shonn Greene to fill the role of short-yardage pounder while backing up Bishop Sankey this year. But Greene can't do those things if he's not on the roster, and Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean thinks he may not be when the season begins.
Wyatt opined Monday that a disappointing 2013 season followed by a spring wiped out by the second surgery on his right knee in eight months has left Greene with a make-or-break training camp in front of him. He should be healthy when camp opens next week, but Wyatt thinks that if Greene doesn't perform well, he is a candidate for release. He is scheduled to make $2.3 million in salary this season, and the Titans have a couple of possible big-back replacements on the roster in Jackie Battle and undrafted rookie Antonio Andrews.
It's just a guess, but Wyatt is being consistent. He thought the same thing back in May.
The Titans may have been disappointed by Greene's performance last year, but anyone who has watched him the past few years probably was not. He's a very pedestrian runner with no wiggle or burst, and he doesn't contribute much in the passing game. And now he's got a bad knee. Given the current economic climate for running backs, Greene is overpaid. He is scheduled to make even more money -- $3.25 million -- in 2015. We already know that Battle is no great shakes, but at least he is cheaper and versatile. Andrews, who is 5-foot-10, 225 pounds, could be a dark horse to steal a handful of touchdowns this year. If Greene is cut, I doubt he'll be unemployed for long because he was a 1,000-yard player just two years ago and is still in his 20s. He'll be a weak handcuff either in Tennessee or somewhere else this season.