Nashville, TN - According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Titans running back Chris Johnson is not willing to take a pay cut from the team to remain in Tennessee. There have been multiple reports over the last couple weeks that the Titans will let Chris Johnson go after the season unless he is willing to reduce his pay. Johnson has been a fan favorite for years and was once considered and NFL superstar. He has fallen off quite a bit over the last couple seasons and has become very inconsistent.
Through 15 games this season with the Titans, Johnson has carried the football 252 times for a total of 950 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers certainly aren’t shabby, but the Titans don’t appear to believe that he is worth the contract that they are currently paying. If Johnson is cut loose by the Titans, there would be a long line of suitors that would be more than happy to bring him in.
“No way. I don’t feel like it’s all my fault. It’s a team effort. I know I am way better than trying to get to 1,000 yards in the last game. But looking at the situation, it is a whole bunch of things that go into it. So I don’t get too down on myself. I know when I get the ball and put in the right situation I can still do the same things.” - Chris Johnson
There is no doubt that Johnson has had his moments throughout the last couple of seasons, but moments and consistency are two completely different things. The Titans want consistency out of their backfield and they don’t currently believe that Johnson will offer that. It is likely that they are going to look into drafting a young running back to move forward with in a draft that appears to be very deep in running backs.
Johnson is currently in his sixth NFL season, and at the age of 28 has seen quite a few carries through his career. There are quite a few analysts questioning whether or not he has been run into the ground, but obviously Johnson doesn’t feel that way. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason with the former superstar.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.