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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: George gone, Titans sign Antowain Smith

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 05:09 PM
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By Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean

Eddie George is gone, but the Titans will keep running. Former New England Patriots running back Antowain Smith, 32, will be one of the players carrying the football. He agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Titans yesterday.
 

Smith, who visited Baptist Sports Park Tuesday, agreed to a deal for the veteran minimum of $660,000. He'll receive a signing bonus of roughly $25,000, but he'll have a chance to earn additional money through various incentives.

Agent Kennard McGuire said Smith was traveling last night and needed to give the deal his final nod. The agreement could be announced by the Titans as early as today.

"We've been talking," McGuire said. "It is just going to come down to Antowain giving it his approval."

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Smith spent the last three seasons with the Patriots after spending his first four with the Buffalo Bills.

Smith, 32, is regarded as the best free-agent running back available. He visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month and also drew interest from some other teams.

Last season Smith rushed for 642 yards on 182 carries while playing in 13 games.

The Patriots opted not to pay Smith a significant bonus earlier this offseason, which released him from his contract.

Then the Patriots acquired former Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon.

Last season Smith rushed for 642 yards on 182 carries, an average of 3.5, while playing in 13 games. He has 5,713 rushing yards in seven seasons.




posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 05:26 PM
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This is a big step backwards.

"Last season Smith rushed for 642 yards on 182 carries while playing in 13 games."

He's not even rushing for 3.5 yds/ carry. AND missed 3 games. George missed none. Unless the Titans know something we don't, this is a bad move.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 08:05 PM
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Originally posted by truenorth
This is a big step backwards.

"Last season Smith rushed for 642 yards on 182 carries while playing in 13 games."

He's not even rushing for 3.5 yds/ carry. AND missed 3 games. George missed none. Unless the Titans know something we don't, this is a bad move.


Yeah, they know the bottom line. I can't see where they really wanted Eddie out of there, but they couldn't handle the salary. Too bad. I've always liked George, and I've been becoming a fan of the titans.



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