The notion that Chris Johnson will be traded or released by the Tennessee Titans remains steady.
That, however, hasn’t changed Johnson’s outlook on contributing to the team, which could be as early as April 7.
“Yeah, I plan on being there,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “If I haven’t been traded or released by that time, I will show up in Nashville and be ready to go from day one with the team. There’s been a lot of speculation about the future, and where I’ll be. But I am under contract with the Tennessee Titans. That’s my team. And whatever team I am with when the offseason program starts, that is where I am showing up.
“I want to run and lift with the team and do what I can to make the team better. If April 7 gets here and I am on the Tennessee roster, then I am going to show up ready to go.”
If history has taught us anything, it’s that these situations usually turn out for the worse.
Steve McNair was banned from the Titans facility despite still being under contract with the team in 2006 and was eventually traded to the Baltimore Ravens. If Johnson is banned from the facility like McNair was, Tennessee risks turning even more fans away from the team and their product.
Johnson is a fan-favorite, much like McNair was and it could turn into a very ugly situation if this thing doesn’t play out soon.