Shonn Greene is parting ways with the New York Jets to join forces in the backfield with Chris Johnson in the Music City with the Tennessee Titans. Greene agreed to a deal that will keep him Tennessee for three years and is worth $10 million.
Greene became a fan favorite during his four years in New York due to his physical running style and ability to play through multiple injuries. He made a name for himself around the NFL when he had an impressive postseason showing for the Green and White during their 2009 campaign.
Greene erupted for 304 yards on 54 attempts and two touchdowns during the Jets run toward the AFC championship game ultimately falling to the Indianapolis Colts. He was also a key contributor to Gang Green’s second straight AFC championship the following season.
In four seasons with the Jets, Greene amassed 3,423 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is coming off his most successful season in the league having rushed for a career-high 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns.
Greene’s departure leaves a huge void to fill in the Jets backfield. Bilal Powell showed potential in becoming an every down running back, but was inconsistent at times last season. He finished the year with 437 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Joe McKnight is also an option for the starting job, but he’s been battling injuries since he joined the league.
The Jets are reportedly showing interest in signing running back Mike Goodson, who served as a backup for the Oakland Raiders last season. Another option is reacquiring Leon Washington, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. Expect the Jets to look towards the draft for an answer at running back. There will be some impressive talent available when the Jets are on the clock with the No. 9 overall pick.
Greene will be a nice fit in the back field with Pro Bowler Johnson. The Titans now have a combination of power and speed in the backfield. They also finalized a deal that will keep fullback Quinn Johnson in Tennessee.
The Jets keep letting their big name players slip away. Who will be next? Possibly tight end Dustin Keller, who has been visiting with the archrival Miami Dolphins this week. Greene is officially gone, so now is the time for new general manager John Idzik to step up to the plate and find his replacement.