It has been rumored for months that the Tennessee Titans would release running back Chris Johnson at some point this offseason. It appears we now have an end date for his time with the organization.
Ian Rapoport is now reporting that the Titans plan to release Johnson at the end of this week or early next week. The team has been trying to trade Johnson for most of the offseason, but have found no buyers, so it has finally come time for the franchise to dump him.
The 28-year-old Johnson is a three-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2009, 2010) and was a First-team All-Pro in 2009 when he set the NFL single-season record for yards from scrimmage with 2,509. That 2009 season was a remarkable one for Johnson, as he won the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award and rushed for 2,006 yards.
But since then, Johnson hasn’t been the same guy. While he’s broken 1,000 yards rushing in each of the past four seasons, he hasn’t lived up to the six-year, $55.26 million deal he signed in September of 2011. He’s also been a headache for the franchise because of his public comments about his role in the team’s offense.
Johnson will definitely find a home next season. He’s a very talented running back who still possesses the game-breaking ability teams covet. The New York Jets are expected to be the first call he gets after hitting the market, and they desperately need offensive playmakers.
While it may sound like I’m down on Johnson, that’s not really the case. He’s still a very solid running back who could have a bounce-back season with another franchise. He’s just not worth his current contract and as a result, the Titans absolutely have to dump him.