Running Back Chris Johnson is a free agent. The Tennessee Titans released the seventh-year back today.
The team was scheduled to pay Johnson $8 million this year. But coming off his worst year as a pro, in which Johnson averaged 3.9 yards per carry, the speedster didn’t appear worth his salary to a Titans team rebuilding under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans,” general manager Ruston Webster announced. “Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records, and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process.” Webster gratuitously added that the team attempted to trade Johnson but couldn’t find any takers.
Johnson, who refused contract restructuring overtures with the Titans, emerges into a market stingy in its valuing of running backs. The St. Louis Rams, now coached by Johnson’s old coach Jeff Fischer, are rumored as a possible landing spot. Johnson leaves the Titans with 50 touchdowns and nearly 8,000 yards rushing in just six seasons. Johnson is just one of six players to rush for 2,000 yards in an NFL season.