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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with unrestricted free agent Shonn Greene.
A 5-foot-11, 226-pound running back, Greene spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Jets. The former third-round pick played in 61 career regular-season games with 31 starts for the Jets. His career totals include 3,423 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 822 carries (4.2 avg.) and 65 receptions for 482 yards. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of his last two seasons.
“He is a nice complement to Chris (Johnson) and an accomplished back in his own right,” said Titans general manager Ruston Webster. “He is a tough and physical runner who has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the last two years.”
Greene split carries in the Jets backfield for the majority of his time in New York. As a rookie in 2009, he gained 540 yards as a backup to starter Thomas Jones (1,402), and in 2010, he rushed for 766 yards playing in the same backfield as LaDainian Tomlinson (914). The same duo was featured in 2011, but for the first time Green took the majority of carries and rushed for 1,054 yards (280 by Tomlinson).
Last year Greene appeared in every game and recorded 14 starts. He set career highs with 276 carries, 1,063 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
Greene was a key member of playoff teams in 2009 and 2010. Appearing in six total games during those two postseasons, he rushed for 502 yards and three touchdowns on 99 attempts (5.1 avg.).
A native of Sicklerville, N.J., Greene played three seasons at the University of Iowa. In 33 games with the Hawkeyes, he rushed for 2,228 yards, including a school-record 1,850 rushing yards in 2008. He won the 2008 Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation’s top running back. The Jets selected him with the 65th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.