It appears as if today will officially be the last day that Chris Johnson is a member of the Tennessee Titans, as the team is reportedly set to release one of the most prolific running backs in recent NFL history. Johnson joined an elite group of NFL running backs who rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first six seasons in the league. Yet, while Johnson joined a group that includes Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson, Ladainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin and Corey Dillon, that is still not enough for the Titans to justify paying him over $8 million in 2014, as cutting CJ2K will save Tennessee $4 million in dead salary cap space.
Johnson’s numbers have decreased over the past few seasons, with the Titans saying that he may be past his prime, while the once-elite back says that it falls on how the team utilizes him. Either way, Johnson will get a chance to prove that he still belongs in the discussion of upper echelon backs in the NFL, with more than a handful of teams rumored to already have expressed interest. While he will not make anywhere near what he would have with his base salary with the Titans, Johnson will not be without a team for too long.
Among the teams reportedly interested in signing Johnson include the New York Jets and New York Giants, with many more expected to join the ranks. The Titans, on the other hand, will move forward with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster.