Just when we thought we had a good grasp of how things were going, Titan fans have walked straight into a wall we didn’t know was there.
According to a report filed to the associated press Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt on Sirius XM radio claims that the Titans have made an offer to make Chris Johnson the NFL’s highest paid running back. The Titans have discussed the parameters of the new deal with CJ’s agent but the team needs for Chris Johnson to come to Nashville to help finalize the details of this deal. Up to this point though, the star running back is continuing to thumb his nose at the franchise and train on his own at his home in Orlando Florida.
I still take the position that paying CJ is the worst move for the Titans franchise in the long run. The talent on the team is not up to the caliber that can properly take advantage of his skills on the field and by the time the Titans add enough help CJ could be past his prime. Why not trade a valuable commodity while its value remains high? Why wait until it is too late for the team to help itself long term by making a tough decision in the short term? Unfortunately i think the lack of success last season is going to make the Titans buckle under the weight of public opinion and make a bad choice.
Trading CJ is the best possible move the Titans can make. They have holes in almost every position group and a trade would bring picks or players (possibly both) that would accelerate the rebuild in Nashville. Sadly though it appears the Titans are more interested in winning the PR battle than they are in bring home the Lombardi trophy one day.