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[Tennessee] Titans Release RB Eddie George
Reuters ^ | July 21, 2004 | Reuters

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: eddiegeorge; football; nfl; titans

1 posted on 07/21/2004 2:20:56 PM PDT by tdadams
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To: tdadams

What you say!

But seriesly, that guy's got a smile that could melt butter.


2 posted on 07/21/2004 2:23:15 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Tiajunna customes stuned my beeber)
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To: tdadams

Mr. Blank, please pickup the white courtesy phone...


3 posted on 07/21/2004 2:24:05 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: tdadams
Saying that Eddie George is still a "star running back" is more than just a little bit of a stretch.

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.

4 posted on 07/21/2004 2:26:36 PM PDT by jpl ("America's greatest chapter is still to be written, for the best is yet to come." - Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: secret garden

Ping, but you probably know about this already.


5 posted on 07/21/2004 2:28:11 PM PDT by Argh
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To: tdadams
Just spend, baby.


6 posted on 07/21/2004 2:28:57 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Fair, balanced...and unafraid.")
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To: tdadams

The Yankees will probably sign him.


7 posted on 07/21/2004 2:30:21 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: tdadams
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.

Then why are those teams on his list?

/ducks

8 posted on 07/21/2004 2:32:43 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: tdadams

Hope Vikings snatch him up.


9 posted on 07/21/2004 2:33:54 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
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To: dead

LOL. Probably not so much satire, really. And they'll probably pay him $8.5 million.


10 posted on 07/21/2004 2:34:06 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: dead

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.


11 posted on 07/21/2004 2:35:50 PM PDT by DHerion
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To: jpl

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.


12 posted on 07/21/2004 2:36:51 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: Finalapproach29er
Hope Vikings snatch him up.

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.

13 posted on 07/21/2004 2:37:31 PM PDT by Snuffington
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To: jpl
Rushing for 1,000 yards in a season in the NFL doesn't really mean all that much anymore

Especially when you have only averaged 3.3, 3.4, and 3.0 yards per carry during the last three seasons.

14 posted on 07/21/2004 2:38:16 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: johnfrink

Yes, any team that shells out bucks for Eddie at this stage of his career is not going to the Bowl.


15 posted on 07/21/2004 2:38:30 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers
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To: dead

The Yankees will probably sign him.

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16 posted on 07/21/2004 2:38:42 PM PDT by Rays_Dad
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To: Snuffington

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.


17 posted on 07/21/2004 2:41:41 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: tdadams
"I doubt their they're interested."

Just for the record, I never do that. Doh!

18 posted on 07/21/2004 2:42:59 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: johnfrink
I was an Eagles fan since the 60's. The team has morphed into a collection of felons hall of famer's. I hope Tim Rosovich, Bill Bergey, Louie Giamona, Trash Garrity, Mark Bavarrro, Mike Quick, Ron Jaworski, and Andre'Waters decide to empty their bladders on the gate entrance to the Eagles Stadium this season. I won't watch one down this season.

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.

19 posted on 07/21/2004 2:49:47 PM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: jpl
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.

Good point....but when it really mattered (last years Tenn-Balt playoff game):

E George: 25 carries for 88 yards (and if I remember correctly, he gave the other Lewis quite a pop).
J Lewis: 14 carries for 35 yards.

Eddie still has a lot of heart, but I'll agree that he's pretty well done.
20 posted on 07/21/2004 2:52:59 PM PDT by mr.pink
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To: mr.pink
You can chalk up Lewis' numbers in that game to a great defense.

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.

21 posted on 07/21/2004 2:58:06 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: tdadams
I'll grant you that....but the D Eddie was going against wasn't exactly chopped liver either.

I don't think George was even close to 100% healthy for that game as well.
22 posted on 07/21/2004 3:02:38 PM PDT by mr.pink
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To: blackdog
I'll stick with Dick Vermeil's old aged, broken down, hard working has beens thank you!

Strangely enough, you just described his current Chiefs team!

23 posted on 07/21/2004 3:12:21 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: johnfrink

Uhh...maybe the bears??


24 posted on 07/21/2004 3:38:21 PM PDT by Rockiesrider
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To: tdadams
Paying big bucks to a running back is the worst move an NFL general manager could possibly make. Instead of spending $5-$7 million on a Pro Bowl runner who might rush for 1,500 yards in a season, you're better off using that money to get 2-3 solid (if unspectacular) offensive linemen -- and paying $500,000 to some nameless back who could run for 1,200 yards behind them.

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.

25 posted on 07/21/2004 3:41:02 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: jpl
Rushing for 1,000 yards in a season in the NFL doesn't really mean all that much anymore...

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.

26 posted on 07/21/2004 3:43:16 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: martin_fierro
What you say!

Eddie didn't ask for a thing. Blame his agent.

27 posted on 07/21/2004 3:44:46 PM PDT by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: tdadams
Actually a very smart move by the Titans. Won't be very popular with the fans, but facts are - the Titans just saved a ton of money which they can now use to sign thier 13 (YES 13) Draft Picks.

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.

28 posted on 07/21/2004 3:45:05 PM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Alberta's Child

Lets see:
walter Payton
Barry sanders
Jim Brown
Emmit Smith
Gayle sayers
OJ (Killer) Simpson
Eric Dickerson
John Riggins


Yep no impact players there


29 posted on 07/21/2004 3:49:54 PM PDT by Rockiesrider
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To: Rockiesrider
Sure, there are plenty of impact players there . . . and remarkably few Super Bowl rings among them.

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)

30 posted on 07/21/2004 4:31:00 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: johnfrink
I enjoy watching hard working, mature, non-felons who work damn hard day in and day out who also have diversified interests involving something productive and enlightening. Not the twenty million player who shoots his dog first, then his limo driver, or carries guns while drunk in his SUV, or has three kids he knows of from three wives.

My only joy this season will be if Bill Parcells brings some ethics to them Cowboys.

31 posted on 07/21/2004 4:58:23 PM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: blackdog
The [Eagles] team has morphed into a collection of felons hall of famer's.

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!

32 posted on 07/21/2004 4:58:37 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: Argh

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.


33 posted on 07/21/2004 6:50:02 PM PDT by secret garden (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Alberta's Child
First-round draftees whose career numbers have been disappointing . . . Antowain Smith (New England)
Funny you should mention that. Antowain Smith has been to the Titans offices this week.
34 posted on 07/21/2004 6:55:26 PM PDT by secret garden (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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