It's official, former Tennessee Titan RB Eddie George is now a Dallas Cowboy. George, who has rushed for over 10,000 yards in his 8-year NFL career, comes to Dallas to provide depth at a position that sorely needs it.
One team's loss is another team's gain.
Eddie George, the second leading rusher in the National Football League since 1996, has signed what amounts to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys just days after leaving the Tennessee Titans organization.
The deal is reported to be worth $2.2 million. The deal is also structured so that he could earn an additional incentives, including $2 million if he equals last year's production.
George will receive a signing bonus of $1.54 million and have a base salary of $660,000.
The former Ohio State star was scheduled to earn $4 million this season in Tennessee, but the Titans offered him only $1.5 million.
Insulted at the offer from a team that he helped carry throughout his 8-year career, George elected to go elsewhere.
As it turns out, "elsewhere" is Dallas.
George, who is considered by most to be one of the most physical inside runners in the league, has not averaged more than 3.4 yards per carry the last three years.
That 3.4 number was one of the primary reasons the Titans weren't interested in offering George the kind of money he was looking for.
As a former Heisman Trophy winner in 1995, George has earned four trips to the Pro Bowl, but none since 2000.
While he's dependable to pick up first downs in short yardage situations, or touchdowns near the goal line, the Titans offense was unable to consistently depend on George to break his runs into the open field on first and second down.
George said Wednesday that he was impressed with what Bill Parcells and several of his former running backs near the end of their career- especially Ottis Anderson.
"What he was able to do with Ottis Anderson's career – he won two Super Bowls with him – is pretty intriguing," George said Wednesday evening.
The press conference announcing George's signing will be held at Valley Ranch at 12:00.