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Titans need to have a short leash with Terrance West

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Terrance West had a quick fall from grace in Cleveland.  Think about this: the Browns traded up in third round, gave up a 4th and 6th round pick, to get him in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Yet just over a year later they were willing to send him to the Titans for a conditional pick that probably ends up being a 7th rounder.  That tells you there has to be more to the story.

Well you don't have to dig long to find out what put him on the outs in Cleveland- immaturity.  Read this article from Mary Kay Cabot of  There is also this article from Deadspin....take that for whatever it is worth.

I asked Chris Pokorny of Dawgs by Nature for his take on West.  He pointed to me to this article he had written before the season started and had these additional comments:

Talent-wise, West still has legitimate skills to be a starting NFL running back (albeit not a superstar one). The coaching staff didn't like his work ethic last year, which is why one week West would be starting with a big day, and then the next week Isaiah Crowell would be starting with West getting no touches.

West came off very arrogant on social media and even antagonized Cleveland fans at times. It sounds like his immaturity also carried over to the locker room, and I get the impression that no matter how many times the coaching staff tried to get him to change his ways, both on-and-off the field, it didn't resonate with him.

West is a talented back. There is a chance he is even the most talented back that is currently on the Titans roster, but he is not talented enough that the Titans should out up with any of his mess on or off the field.  They have next to nothing invested in him, so cutting ties with him if he becomes a distraction in the locker room won't be a problem.

Hopefully he has seen the light after getting shipped out of Cleveland for a bag of footballs.

To his credit, West seems to be handling the move very well: