NFL Rumors: Tennessee Titans to Cut Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
Dec 29 2013 Nashville TN USA Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson 28 carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at LP Field Don McPeak USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans are expected to release former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson, the Nashville Tennessean reported Thursday.

During general manager Ruston Webster’s press conference introducing new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, he was non-committal in addressing the veteran back’s future.

Johnson is set to earn $8 million in 2014, making him the highest-paid player on the team. It took Johnson to the 16th and final game of the season to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Johnson has stated previously he is not willing to accept a pay cut to remain in Tennessee. He said he would like to be featured more heavily in the offense, while the team opted to utilize second-stringer Shonn Greene more often when he was healthy.

Since rushing for 2,006 yards  and 14 touchdowns in the 2009 season, Johnson has posted 1,000-plus-yard seasons in each of the past four seasons and a combined 19 touchdowns. He has played in all 16 games every year of his career except for his rookie campaign in 2008.

However, his 100-yard rushing performances have dwindled over time. He did it twice in 2013, averaging a hair more than 67 yards per game.

Johnson did have one of his better seasons as a receiver out of the backfield, though, hauling in 42 passes for 345 yards and a career-high four receiving touchdowns.

According to the report, the Titans will likely draft or find a free agent back with a similar skill-set to that of Johnson to compliment Green. As for Johnson, he’ll likely find a new home elsewhere without ease, though he may not be a featured back as he would like to be.

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