When Shonn Greene commanded a three-year, $10 million deal last offseason, the writing was on the wall that Chris Johnson would be expendable moving forward.
Johnson saw the worst season of his career unfold and now is likely on the chopping block with an inflated contract under a new head coach.
The latest out of Tennessee comes from Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, who says there’s a 95 percent chance Johnson is gone this summer.
The Titans backed up the Brink’s truck for Johnson to be CJ2K. Problem is, Johnson isn’t that guy anymore. He still has his legs, but Johnson has become indecisive and jittery — habits that can be picked up by running behind subpar offensive lines. Johnson has become the Rob Deer of NFL running backs: He’s willing to lead the league in strikeouts if it gets him a handful of homers.
The Titans are a franchise in transition. They’re highly unlikely to pay $8 million to a back who averaged less than four yards per carry last season. A fresh start could work for everyone involved.
Hanzus’ piece is just the latest of many reports that Johnson is as good as done in Tennessee.