Skip to comments.[Tennessee] Titans Release RB Eddie George
Posted on 07/21/2004 2:20:55 PM PDT by tdadams
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Sports Network) - The Tennessee Titans have released Eddie George just two days after the star running back rejected a contract proposal and requested a trade.
George is Tennessee's all-time leading rusher with 10,009 yards. The 1995 Heisman Trophy winner was under contract through the 2006 season and was due to earn $4.25 million this season. The team asked George in February to rework his contract and paid him a $1 million roster bonus in March.
George has said that Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Dallas are potential options and that he looks to move forward in a new situation where he can win a Super Bowl.
The 30-year-old recorded 1,031 yards and five touchdowns in 2003. George then had arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee and left ankle in the off-season.
George has 74 touchdowns in his career, including 10 receiving.
What you say!
But seriesly, that guy's got a smile that could melt butter.
Mr. Blank, please pickup the white courtesy phone...
Rushing for 1,000 yards in a season in the NFL doesn't really mean all that much anymore, especially when you look at the numbers guys like Jamal Lewis are putting up.
Ping, but you probably know about this already.
The Yankees will probably sign him.
Then why are those teams on his list?
Hope Vikings snatch him up.
LOL. Probably not so much satire, really. And they'll probably pay him $8.5 million.
Unfortunately he just doesn't have it anymore. His per average carry is well under 4.0 yards. 2001 - 3.0, 2002 - 3.4, and 2003 - 3.3. His lifetime is only slightly better at 3.7.
Very true, however let me be an Eddie apologist for a minute and point out that the Titans offensive game plans in the last couple of seasons have had as much to do with his diminishing numbers as anything.
It used to be all about Eddie, with a dedicated fullback to open up a hole for him. Neither is true now and his numbers show it.
With a healthy Michael Bennet, Ontarrio Smith, and Moe Williams, the Vikings are already set at running back. They'll not be going after Eddie George or any other RB.
Especially when you have only averaged 3.3, 3.4, and 3.0 yards per carry during the last three seasons.
Yes, any team that shells out bucks for Eddie at this stage of his career is not going to the Bowl.
The Yankees will probably sign him.
I have had a rough day and that really made me laugh. Thanks - Chip
If this had happened last year, I would have entertained the ironic idea of him being signed by Houston, but with their RB Domanick Davis turning out to be a hall of famer in the making, I doubt their interested.
Just for the record, I never do that. Doh!
I'll stick with Dick Vermeil's old aged, broken down, hard working has beens thank you! No weekly game plan should include alternates due to incarceration, drug posession, paternity lawsuits, rape, DUI's, or murder.
Steven Davis was similarly shut down. He was held to only 8 (yes, eight) yards against the Titans. And this was when he was on a roll, averaging about 120 yards per game.
Strangely enough, you just described his current Chiefs team!
Uhh...maybe the bears??
Two rules in my "NFL General Manager Handbook" are as follows:
1. Never draft a running back in the first round.
2. Never pay your top salaries to your running backs or wide receivers.
It depends on what type of offense the back in question is playing in and how many carries per game he can expect. But generally I would say the Season Standard is 1,500 yards. For greatness you'd need to get another 500+ yards receiving, too.
Eddie didn't ask for a thing. Blame his agent.
Fan pride aside, Eddie George is 31 has lost a step to a step and a half. He can no longer hit the hole and run away from people, and he cannot consistently run over people anymore. His paltry 3.3 per carry average last year shows this.
Every team faces this moment - Dallas - Emmitt, Buffalo - Thurman, SF - Roger Craig. Bottom Line, Tennessee did what was best for thier team.
OJ (Killer) Simpson
Yep no impact players there
If you go back and look at all the Super Bowl champions over the last 25 years, you'll find that the teams with first-round "impact players" as their starting running backs were no more successful than teams with the following types of runners:
Non-descript players drafted in later rounds . . . Michael Pittman (Tampa Bay), Dorsey Levens (Green Bay), Tim Smith (Washington), Ricky Patton (San Francisco)
First-round draftees whose career numbers have been disappointing . . . Antowain Smith (New England)
Later-round draftees whose careers exceeded original expectations . . . Terrell Davis (Denver), Roger Craig (San Francisco), Joe Morris (NY Giants)
Aged veterns who won Super Bowl rings long after their best years were behind them . . . Ernest Byner (Washington), Ottis Anderson (NY Giants), John Riggins (Washington)
My only joy this season will be if Bill Parcells brings some ethics to them Cowboys.
What are you talking about? Who is a felon? I recall someone got busted with pot (I believe he is now gone) and that is it. I cant think of anyone. In fact, the gripe about the Eagles has been that they have no fire. Andy Reid preferred a steady plodder over a flashy yet troublemaking player. Terrell Owens was a big change and signalled that Reid was finally giving in a little on his approach towards players. But though he has a bad attitude, he isnt a felon!
He's been whining for months about taking a pay cut. When he got married last month, he was registered at Target and Neiman Marcus. I am not making this up. His jerseys have been selling for half price in the stores around here for weeks. He's a good guy and a hard worker but not worth what he thinks. I predict he'll end up in Philly.
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