After plenty of discussion and speculation, the Tennessee Titans finally gave running back Chris Johnson his release on Friday afternoon. With Johnson gone, the Titans currently have Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle and Leon Washington as their running backs, but they will apparently be looking to bolster the position during the 2014 NFL draft.
Titans general manager Ruston Webster appeared on The Midday 180 on 104.5 The Zone shortly after Johnson's release, where he discussed the future for the team now that their leading rusher is gone.
“There’s some sense of relief that we’re done with it, we’re moving forward and I’m sure it’s like that for [Johnson],” Webster said.
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He went on to add that the team will "definitely" look to add a running back in the 2014 draft, though he understands there are no superstars among the group of eligible prospects.
Conventional wisdom says that the team will look to add someone who can complement Greene in the backfield, so a speedier back could be in their plans. One of the names that immediately comes to mind is Auburn running back Tre Mason, who was a game-changer for the Tigers during their run to the BCS National Championship in his final season.
The team also added Dexter McCluster
in free agency, so they could look to get the former Chief more work out of the backfield.