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Titans trade Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for offensive line depth

The Titans parted ways with a talented young receiver after he fell out of favor with head coach Mike Mularkey.

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The Tennessee Titans parted ways with Dorial Green-Beckham after only one season, trading the former second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, the team announced on Tuesday morning.

Green-Beckham, 23, starred for Missouri right away as a freshman in 2012, but was dismissed by the program in 2014 after his sophomore season following a series of legal troubles, including a pair of arrests on drug charges. He transferred to Oklahoma, but never played for the team before entering the 2015 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Green-Beckham paired with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota and finished the 2015 season with 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns. While he looked to be a promising young piece for the Titans to groom, Green-Beckham fell out of favor with Mike Mularkey and the Titans head coach publicly questioned the receiver's work ethic.

"That's spending extra time when nobody is watching," Mularkey told ESPN's Paul Kuharsky. "That's doing things when nobody is watching. That's in the classroom. I think it's just putting the work in without being directed by anybody. Doing it yourself."

If Green-Beckham puts in that extra work, it won't be with the Titans. The 6'5 red zone target is headed to Philadelphia where he'll join a young receiver corps that features Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and Rueben Randle.

The trade helps bolster the Titans' offensive line by adding Kelly, a former fifth-round pick with 30 NFL games and 15 starts under his belt, but hurts a position group that the team was already lacking at. The Titans added Andre Johnson earlier in the offseason, but the 35-year-old receiver is not the player he once was and is part of an underwhelming group of receivers led by Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright.

But the priority for the Titans has been obvious this offseason. The team already upgraded its offensive line, adding Jack Conklin in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and completely overhauled its backfield with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With Kelly added to the mix, it's even more obvious that the Titans intend to run the ball, run the ball and run the ball some more.

Kelly played in multiple spots along the Philadelphia offensive line and most recently made two starts at right tackle for the Eagles during the 2015 season.