9:12am: The Titans have officially released Greene, the team confirmed today (via Twitter).
8:26am: The Titans intend to release veteran running back Shonn Greene from their roster this morning, reports Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean (via Twitter). Because Greene is a vested veteran, he won’t have to pass through waivers, and will immediately become a free agent when the move is official.
Greene, who will turn 30 in August, joined the Titans in 2013 on the heels of a pair of 1,000-yard seasons with the Jets. However, the former third-round pick never matched the success he had in New York during his two seasons with the Titans. As a part-time contributor, Greene totaled 687 yards and six touchdowns over the course of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Heading into the final year of his contract, Greene didn’t report to the Titans’ offseason program until very recently, according to Wyatt (via Twitter). Given his minor role in Tennessee’s offense over the last two years, it’s somewhat surprising Greene was even still on the roster at this point. He had been scheduled to earn a salary of $3.25MM in 2015, and the Titans will reduce his cap hit from about $4.183MM to $833K by cutting him.
With Greene out of the picture, 2014 second-rounder Bishop Sankey appears poised to handle the majority of the load in the Tennessee backfield. David Cobb and Antonio Andrews should also get the opportunity to compete for touches, with Dexter McCluster acting as an all-purpose weapon.