Titans agree to terms with RB Shonn Greene

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 2:07 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with running back Shonn Greene, continuing to stay busy in free agency in an effort to improve their offense around quarterback Jake Locker.

The Titans made the announcement Wednesday but did not release terms of the deal. The Tennessean and other outlets say it's for three-years, $10 million.

Greene, who spent his first four seasons with the New York Jets, has rushed for 3,423 yards and 18 touchdowns on 822 carries. The 5-foot-11, 226-pound Green also has 65 catches for 482 yards, and he scored eight touchdowns in 2012. He is coming off the best year of his career with 276 rushes for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns rushing.

That's two fewer than the Titans scored rushing as a team, and they see Greene as a perfect change of pace for Chris Johnson.

"He is a nice complement to Chris and an accomplished back in his own right," general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. "He is a tough and physical runner who has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the last two years."

The Titans haven't had that kind of option to Johnson since trading away LenDale White in 2010. They ranked 21st in rushing in 2012 but struggled to stay on the field. They ranked last in the NFL averaging just 27 minutes, 18 seconds in time of possession per game in Locker's first full season as a starter.

Tennessee also agreed to terms earlier Wednesday with fullback Quinn Johnson. He has been a lead blocker for Chris Johnson, and the fullback had four carries for 5 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards playing all 16 games last season.

The Titans scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to introduce their new players and have pushed that back 30 minutes.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the Titans agreed to terms Tuesday with Buffalo guard Andy Levitre and 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because both deals are pending the players passing physicals.

The Titans still have to address their defense after allowing a franchise-worst 471 points in 2012. Their lone free agent signing was safety George Wilson last month.

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