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Minicamp report: Greene reports, is cut by Titans

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans went ahead and released running back Shonn Greene on Tuesday after he reported to minicamp, took a physical and passed.

Greene chose to stay away from the Titans’ OTAs and missed the entire offseason until reporting for mandatory work.

Greene’s release ends a disappointing signing for the Titans, as he received a three-year, $10 million contract in 2013, but gained fewer than 700 yards in two seasons combined. By releasing Greene, the Titans save $3.25 million in base salary against the cap for this season.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated that part of the reason for the release was that the Titans want to give a look at young running backs Bishop Sankey, David Cobb and Antonio Andrews in minicamp and training camp.

–Tight end Taylor Thompson, who left OTAs earlier this month, was late in reporting back for the minicamp due to a flight delay. Thompson indicated that he is still having issues with the knee he injured last year, an injury that 247Sports reported could potentially need surgery.

Thompson rehabbed the injury that cost him most of 2014 and came back at the start of the offseason, before leaving for what the team described as “personal reasons.”

“I’m just trying to figure out what the situation is with my knee,” Thompson said. “I’m just waiting to discuss it with the doctors and they’re going to discuss it with my agent.”

Thompson went for a second opinion on the knee and is awaiting the results.

–The Titans announced Tuesday that Steve Underwood, the interim CEO since March, will remain in his current position throughout 2015.

Underwood oversaw the daily operations of the franchise from 2006-11 before retiring. He spent 35 years in the organization before retiring the first time.

The news that Underwood is staying only further fuels speculation that the Titans could eventually be put up for sale. The heirs of the late Bud Adams continue to deny this, but the fact that no candidate emerged from 20-plus applicants certainly raises cause for concern.

“Our organization has undergone a great deal of change over the last year and a half. We believe that stability is important, and that has become more evident over the last two months as we examined how to best proceed with this position,” Amy Adams Strunk, representing ownership, said.

“Steve has a strong understanding of our organization and the NFL from his years of service, and he gives us that stability. We will review the situation at some point after the 2015 season and will make a final decision about how to proceed with filling the position on a permanent basis, as we are committed to having a CEO/President in Nashville.”

Underwood also issued a statement about his role being extended through the 2015 season.

“I am excited and honored to continue my stay here in Nashville. I have a great deal of respect for this organization and our ownership group, and I look forward to the challenges on the horizon. I will do all that I can to put this franchise in a position to have success both on and off the field this season while hopefully positioning our organization for long-term success,” he said.


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