Buzz: Greene Garnering Interest from Suitors

Yesterday on ESPN New York, Rich Cimini reported that there are some teams starting to show interest in Jets running back Shonn Greene, but it doesn’t sound like any of them are the Jets.

There has been some buzz here on the future of RB Shonn Greene, an unrestricted free agent. Spies say Greene, coming off an underwhelming 1,000-yard season, is expected to draw interest from the Falcons and Broncos. The Falcons reportedly will release Michael Turner ($6.9 million salary), and they will need a thumper like Greene to pair with the speedy Jacquizz Rodgers. The Broncos don’t have a clear-cut No. 1 back. The Jets, looking for a speed back to pair with Bilal Powell, are prepared to part ways with Greene.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I’ll be curious to see the kind of numbers that Greene ends up getting from a team like the Broncos or Falcons, but I could imagine one of those teams paying him around $3-4 million per year if you average the overall deal (2-3 years).

I wondered how I’d feel once other teams started showing interest in Shonn Greene.  Now that it’s a reality?  Meh.  Greene’s generally a liability in the passing game and that’s going to be so much more a factor of what a running back needs to do in a Morhinweg offense.  Greene would probably do quite well on a team like the Falcons which possess a good line, an upper-tier quarterback and a change of pace back to play off … but I just don’t think the Jets would get anything different than they have in the four years he’s been with the team.  Bilal Powell proved at the end of 2012 that he can project to replace Greene’s production and he’s better in the passing game.  The Jets will most likely try and find a running back either during Day Two or the early part of Day Three of the NFL draft to pair with Powell.