The Tennessee Titans haven’t been shy this offseason about wanting to provide a complimentary back for starter Chris Johnson, who has seen his fair share of struggles over the last couple of years.
That’s why the Titans are set to sign former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene, who is visiting the team on Wednesday.
If he were to sign with the Titans, Greene would provide their running game with a power back who can spell Johnson in short-yardage situations. Johnson has shown that he can’t consistently move the chains and has become unreliable between the tackles.
While Greene isn’t exactly the epitome of reliable, he can add that change of pace that the Titans are eagerly looking for this offseason. The only other running backs currently on the Titans roster are Jamie Harper and Darren Evans, neither of who are ready to serve in a backup role.
Greene’s presence could also give Johnson that push he needs to get back to CJ2K form.
Over the last two seasons as a starter for the Jets, Greene has amassed 2,117 yards and 14 touchdowns on 529 carries. While his production and 4 yards per carry average are respectable, his limitations as a one-dimensional back led to his exit from New York.
The Titans also signed guard Andy Levitre, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, on Tuesday as free agency began. Their interior blocking was a big factor in Johnson’s struggles last season; Levitre immediately upgrades their front five and should help the unit find some semblance of consistency.
Greene would be an underrated signing for the Titans. He’d provide Tennessee with a power back, something that they could use considering Johnson’s ineffectiveness on inside runs.
Expect a deal to be done by Wednesday evening.