Shonn Greene’s days in the NFL may have come to an end.
The Tennessee Titans announced the release of the former Hawkeye running back Tuesday morning. In two seasons with the team, Greene compiled just 687 yards on 171 carries in 24 games. The 3-year, $10 million deal the two parties struck in 2013 was set to pay Greene $3.25 million this season.
Second-year back Bishop Sankey emerged as the team’s feature back last season. The Titans also drafted former Golden Gopher David Cobb and signed Dexter McCluster, making the release of Greene not incredibly surprising.
As a junior in 2008, Greene put together arguably the best individual season in Iowa football history. Setting single-season marks for yards (1,850) and touchdowns (20), he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s most outstanding back and was named first team all-American by the Associated Press and a number of other media outlets.
Taken in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Greene spent his first four seasons with the New York Jets. He has amassed 4,110 yards in his NFL career, including back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and 2011 and 2012.
If Greene gets another chance, it will likely be later in training camp if the injury bug hits a team’s backfield. Until then, don’t hold your breath.