Thursday, January 31, 2013
Shonn Greene and the AFC West
By Bill Williamson
NFL free agency starts March 12. We will look at potential fits in the AFC West leading up to that date.
One position where all four teams in the AFC West will have a varying amount of interest in free agency is at running back. This year's is not a great class of running backs, but one player that intrigues me is Shonn Greene of the New York Jets.
At 226 pounds, the 27-year-old Greene is a big back. He had 1,063 yards rushing last season, his fourth in the league. Let’s see if he could fit in the AFC West:
Denver: The Broncos will be an interesting team to follow this offseason when it comes to running backs. Willis McGahee is coming off a knee injury and is 31. Knowshon Moreno performed well late in the season and may get a chance. Rookie Ronnie Hillman played well in the playoff loss to Baltimore and will get more carries in 2013. It will be up to Denver to decide it wants to bring in an established veteran. If so, Greene could fit.
Kansas City: The Chiefs could use a complement to star Jamaal Charles and that could be Peyton Hillis, who is a free agent after an underwhelming season with the Chiefs. Greene might be too pricey to be just a complementary part to Charles.
Oakland: I like this fit. But, like everything in Oakland, it will come down to getting Greene under a tight salary cap, particularly since Oakland will need to fill defensive needs first. But Oakland could use a big back to help Darren McFadden. Plus, Greene played for new Oakland offensive line coach Tony Sparano in New York in 2012.
San Diego: This fit makes sense. The Chargers need a legitimate running back because Ryan Mathews is just not durable. If healthy, I think Mathews and Greene could be a good combination. The Chargers have other needs and some cap limitations, but this might something to look into for San Diego.