For a guy with minimal leverage, speaking out may not be the best method.
But it’s the one LenDale White’s chosen.
The restricted free agent who would cost another team a second-round pick if he signed an offer sheet the Titans didn’t match wants out. To his credit he was polite about it when he spoke to Jim Wyatt Friday.
“I did good with it for a year, I didn’t complain. I backed up greatness, a guy who ran for 2,000 yards. But now that that’s over I feel like … it is time for me to start somewhere. And that is what I want to do. I want to be a starter in the NFL, not a backup."
“I would definitely be interested in a trade. I don’t know where, or how (the Titans) might view that, but that is what I am hoping for. I can’t see me sitting in Tennessee as a backup anymore. And that goes as no disrespect to the Titans or [Chris Johnson], but I feel like it is time for me to get out of there. … Sometimes it is just best to part ways.’’
White is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who’s sure to try to get involved if the Titans will let him find a trade partner.
I’ve said all along White’s status will be one of the divisions more interesting offseason storylines.
Earlier this week, as I talked to some people in Houston behind the scenes for this column on Steve Slaton, I got the sense the Texans won’t be among any interested teams.
And word out of San Diego is that character issues the Chargers had with White when he was drafted remain a concern for them that will keep them from considering him, though he’s been a solid citizen in Nashville.
Jeff Fisher, who's been complimentary of White's work ethic since he dropped weight last offseason, gave Wyatt a dig in reply to White's comments:
"I don’t blame any player for wanting to play and wanting more play-time. But in his case actions speak louder than words. And I have no further comment."