NASHVILLE (AP) - Eddie George's career with the Tennessee Titans is over, his agent says. The team granted George's request and released their
all-time leading rusher on Wednesday, George's agent Lamont Smith told The Associated Press.
The Titans called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon but did not give any details.
The eight-year veteran asked to be released Monday after rejecting the Titans' last offer to reduce his pay from $4.25 million to approximately $1.5
million for the 2004 season.
He said the offer hasn't changed much since the initial proposal in March.
Speculation over George's future with Tennessee began last season over whether the Titans, in deep salary-cap trouble, could afford to keep the
popular running back.
Saying he hoped to retire a Titan, George was optimistic he and the team could find common ground. But he was less enthusiastic after a meeting last
week with Titans General Manager Floyd Reese. Talks between Reese and George's agents went nowhere again this week.
He had never missed a start in his career, but the Titans offense has changed and now emphasizes the passing of Steve McNair, the NFL's co-MVP in
2003. Last season, George rushed for 1,031 yards.
George is only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining Jim Brown. Only Walter Payton (170) has
started more consecutive regular-season games than George's 128.
Last December, George became the 17th running back to top 10,000 yards. He has 64 touchdowns for the franchise that drafted the 1995 Heisman Trophy
winner out of Ohio State in April 1996. His best season was in 2000, when he carried 403 times for 1,509 yards but he has gone downhill from there,
averaging less than 4 yards a carry each season.
Tennessee tried to free up salary-cap space in February by reworking George's deal, which runs through 2006. He declined, and the team paid him a $1
million roster bonus in March.