NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons Interested in Shonn Greene?

By Dan Parzych
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The Atlanta Falcons have made it clear they plan on parting ways with Michael Turner this offseason since it’s obvious he’s not worth the $6.9 million he would be scheduled to make during the 2013 season. Turner may have rushed for at least 1,300 yards in three of his first four seasons, but his numbers were down in 2012 as he rushed for just 800 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry.

Now, it appears one of the top NFL rumors this week involves Atlanta being interested in another running back–Shonn Greene of the New York Jets.

Greene is coming off a 2012 season in which he recorded 1,063 rushing yards to go along with eight touchdowns and while these numbers may not be as impressive compared to other running backs, it should also be noted that Greene split carries with Bilal Powell for part of the season as well. It’s clear a team like the Falcons would be looking for new ways to boost their ground game this offseason after ranking 29th overall last season when it came to rushing yards per game–so it would make sense to see the team interested in a speedy running back like Greene.

After falling just short of the Super Bowl last year, there’s a good chance the Falcons will be one of the top teams in the NFC once again in 2012 as they should contain one of the top passing units once again, but they clearly need help at the running back position as well. If they could land a running back like Greene–it would certainly make the offense even more dangerous on paper.

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