Titans to cut Shonn Greene

AP

Shonn Greene has declined to show up to the Titans’ voluntary offseason workouts. Now the Titans have decided to tell him not to bother showing up to today’s first mandatory practice.

The Titans are releasing Greene this morning, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

That comes as no surprise. Greene was due $3.25 million this season, the final year on the three-year, $10 million contract he signed with the Titans in 2013. Greene managed only 392 yards last season, so he wasn’t much more than a mediocre running back, and a $3.25 million salary is more than mediocre running backs can expect in today’s NFL.

The Titans drafted running back Bishop Sankey last year and David Cobb this year, so they’re moving on to younger, cheaper running backs. And Greene will move on to somewhere else, where he’ll surely have to take significantly less money than he was making in Tennessee.

32 responses to “Titans to cut Shonn Greene

  1. I like to see this approach. A 2nd-tier veteran at a devalued position – coming off of underperforming seasons, no less – is in no position to be taking extra vacation during the offseason. Message sent to Greene, and any other veterans who think they have more leverage than they actually do.

  2. I’m sure Greene saw the writing on the wall and thats why he stayed home for voluntaries. still doesn’t make it right.

  3. …or maybe he didn’t show because it was obvious they were going to cut him. With inexpensive youth at a position where that’s a value, he had to have an inkling that would be coming.

  4. Greene watched as the Titans drafted potential replacements for him the past two years and yet he did not attend voluntary OTAs?

    How presumptuous of him.

    He lost his job and the $3.5 mill that went with it. Who’s advising this guy?

  5. Just a few seasons ago he looked a decent young back for the Jets. Amazing how quickly things change.

    Now if anything he’ll be an average backup

  6. bassplucker,

    This was not “extra vacation “. And if it’s proven that the Titans cut him because he didn’t show up to voluntary OTAs the Titans would be in violation of the CBA so they and other teams really need to tread lightly in these situations.

    With that said I can’t believe the Titans didn’t cut him sooner. Greene at his peak was just blah. But now he is terrible and veteran’s minimum material if that.

  7. Unfortunately, he wasn’t even a step up from the long-tired Chris Johnson.

  8. You would think more veterans would see this sort of thing coming and try to renegotiate their contract. The only reason not to is if you don’t like the team and the risk of being without work is worth taking…or you’re stupid and badly advised.

  9. This guy won’t even make for a solid backup RB. Hope my team stays away from him even though we need some RB help.

  10. He knew he was going to be cut, so why take the risk of injury during OTAs? Showing up wouldn’t have saved his job, given his high salary and lack of production.

    Most likely he will retire. He’s made his money (assuming he didn’t blow it), now he can enjoy it.

  11. I guess voluntary is no longer voluntary…if your boss ask for volunteers to show up for work on Sat and Sun your regular days off and then fired everyone who didn’t show up, I’m sure you would be ok with that….the NFLPA has got to stop this runaway train that is the NFL even if it means a lengthy strike in the near future, these guys are out of control…..

  12. When a player doesn’t show up for “voluntary” workouts people say he’s a bad teammate…but when management cuts a player SIGNED TO A CONTRACT no one says anything negative about the team that does not honor the contract they to have signed. Sounds hypocritical to me…the owners have successfully brainwashed to public, believe it.

  13. Man I remember when he was playing at Iowa, we was a monster.. One of the best college running backs I’ve ever seen play.. Never could get it going in the NFL like he did at Iowa though.

  14. I’m guessing Greene knew he was going to be cut before making the final roster and thus not getting the final year of his salary anyways.

  15. Hey, russellwestbrooksucks: The team has the money to pay. If you want some of that money, you play by their rules, which are: If I want you, I pay the contract price; If I don’t want you, I cut you. So your job is to make sure you are always at least as valuable as I pay you.

  16. When a player doesn’t show up for “voluntary” workouts people say he’s a bad teammate…but when management cuts a player SIGNED TO A CONTRACT no one says anything negative about the team that does not honor the contract they to have signed. Sounds hypocritical to me…the owners have successfully brainwashed to public, believe it.

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    Clearly you don’t understand NFL contracts. Now I’m not normally one to back owners but the contracts the team & player both sign contain language that allows them to be cut for a few very broad reasons. To say they aren’t honoring the contact is just plain wrong.

  17. Showing up knowing he was going to get cut could not hurt and would probably help him sign with a new employer
    I bet he is done

  18. For some reason he doesn’t come off as a conditioning-warrior-who-takes-care-of-himself-in-the-offseason type of guy. But yeah, Dallas should kick the tires.

  19. The Titans are stockpiled with Cap Cash… obviously this is a Contract bigger than his talent thing. Also, it is against Player Union Rules to be Cut because of not showing up for Voluntary Work. Plain and simple… too many younger backs deserve a chance and cost far less. Easy to see why Ray Rice will never get work and also goes to show what happens when you take on any NY Jets. Good Luck to the Titans, they should be somewhat improved, but until someone in that division beats the Colts; nothing changes.

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