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Titans swap RB Jamie Harper with free agent Jalen Parmele

5/8/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Tennessee Titans brought some changes to their backfield by signing free agent Jalen Parmele to a deal on Wednesday. To make roster room for Jalen Parmele, the Tennessee Titans also waived running back Jamie Harper today.
 
Jalen Parmelee is coming off a season in which he posted career highs with 40 carries for 143 yards while being forced onto the field with increased playing time due to injuries to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ backfield. The 27-year-old Jalen Parmele only had seven other carries in his past NFL seasons, all with the Baltimore Ravens. Jalen Parmele also had seven receptions for 60 yards, while appearing in 11 games with two starts before ending his season on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ injured reserve with a groin injury.
 
Originally selected in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Jalen Parmele was let go by the team before even playing a single game for the team. However, Jalen Parmele caught on with the Baltimore Ravens and spent three seasons with the team before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2012 offseason.
 
Jalen Parmele has appeared in 35 career games over five seasons in the league. He visited the Tennessee Titans last week before agreeing terms with the team today.
 
The move doesn’t necessarily change much on the Tennessee Titans’ running back depth chart with Jalen Parmele essentially replacing Jamie Harper in the third back role. The have acquired a veteran a versatile running back in Jalen Parmele, who can also make an impact on the special teams.
 
Jalen Parmele has averaged 25.1 yards on 43 career kickoff returns as well as 28 special-teams tackles, and was also the Baltimore Ravens’ regular kick returner during the 2010 season.
 
When the Tennessee Titans selected fourth-round pick Jamie Harper in the 2011 NFL draft, they expected him to be a more bruising counterpart for running back Chris Johnson. However, Jaime Harper only gained 74 yards and ran for two touchdowns on 36 carries during his two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He also had five catches for 40 yards, during that stretch. Jamie Harper played in 10 games while dealing with an ankle injury last season.
 
When the Tennessee Titans signed free agent running back Shonn Greene earlier this offseason, Jamie Harper, who’s been playing in a third back role, believed his time in Tennessee was up.
 
 “I feel like we bring the same things to the table and there’s no use having the same guy,” said Jamie Harper. “I definitely wish I would have had more chances to carry the ball but when you have a dynamic back like C.J., it’s hard to get everyone carries. I’m not angry and I have no hard feelings.”
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