The Tennessee Titans hit the trade market again on Sunday afternoon. Two days after shipping Andy Levitre to the Atlanta Falcons for draft picks, they turn around and trade a draft pick of their own to Cleveland for second year running back Terrance West.
Tennessee needed to add depth after recently placing rookie running back David Cobb on the injured reserve-designated to return list after suffering a calf injury in the preseason. Cobb won't be eligible to play again until week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, and with an uncertain backfield in Nashville, it leaves the door open for West to shoot up the depth chart.
In his rookie year, the third-round pick played in 14 games and led the Browns with 673 yards on 171 carries while splitting carries with Isaiah Crowell. While he showed flashes of potential last season, Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot wrote that West had worn out his welcome in Cleveland and was in jeopardy of being cut this offseason if they were unable to find a trade partner. Even with the character concern, the Titans only surrendered a conditional seventh-round pick for a player that was drafted in the third round last year.
It's uncertain what West's role will be for the Titans entering their week one matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. Bishop Sankey will start off the season leading the Titans backfield, but look for West to challenge Sankey as the year wears on. Sankey was underwhelming in his rookie year and has only shown minor signs of improvement in the preseason, forcing Ken Whisenhunt to enter the season with a running back by committee approach.
Tennessee reportedly liked West going into the draft last year and now they have their man. The feelings seem to be mutual.
"Can't wait to get to Nashville," West said on Instagram following the trade. "Everything I got you will get."
It sounds as if the change of scenery is welcomed and it'll be interesting to see what West does with his opportunity in Tennessee. The 24-year old is an intriguing addition and is someone to look out for as the season progresses.