Brown-out: Titans' RB wants out of Tennessee

Updated: July 21, 2006, 7:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans running back Chris Brown is heading into the final year of his contract and believes being traded away from a crowded backfield is his best career move, his agent said Friday.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
224 851 5 25 327 2

Brown's agents, Ryan Morgan and Wynn Silberman, officially requested a trade in a letter sent Monday. Brown has been the Titans' starter the past two years and tops the depth chart this season.

"To us, it's not anything against the organization," Morgan said. "We feel there are a number of other places that would provide a significantly better fit as Chris heads into this contract year."

The Titans, who report for training camp Thursday, declined to comment on the trade request. General manager Floyd Reese has been working to sign the team's 10 draft picks, and was scheduled to meet Friday with the agent for Vince Young.

But the Titans have plenty of running backs to choose from this season after drafting LenDale White out of Southern California in the second round. They traded for Travis Henry before last season, and he spent the offseason working himself into shape after recovering from an old ankle injury.

Also on the roster for training camp are Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, Damien Bush and seventh-round draft pick Quinton Ganther.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Brown, a third-round pick out of Colorado in 2003, ran for 851 yards in 15 games in 2005, well ahead of Henry's 335 yards rushing while suspended for four games. Brown had 224 rushing attempts, only four more than he had in 2004 when he played four fewer games.

Brown, scheduled to make $1.57 million, ran for 1,067 yards, a 4.9-yard average, in 11 games as a starter in 2004. He put on some extra muscle this offseason to help his endurance.

"We think he clearly has the ability to be a top back in the league, and we are concerned. The roster composition is a concern for us. We understand that the NFL is very competitive, and Chris is up to that task," Morgan said.

"When you actually dig in and look at the facts as they are in Tennessee, the facts kind of speak for themselves as far as the future of the organization is headed."

The Titans didn't get a chance to run the ball much last season with only 397 rushes, the lowest total in coach Jeff Fisher's first 11 full seasons with the team. Trailing by double digits in each of their losses, throwing instead of running was their lone option most of the season.


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