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Tennessee Titans: Why The Titans Should Cut CJ 2K

The Tennessee Titans are a team that is more than one player away from reaching the Super Bowl so cutting ties with Chris Johnson makes all the sense in the world.

I believe that CJ is a top shelf running back, the face of the franchise, our only offensive playmaker, and a weapon anywhere on the field. So why do I think the Titans should cut ties with one of the best playmakers in the league? Gimme a few minutes of your time and I’ll tell you.

While CJ is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball, he is also prone to losing yards. In an offense where you have a young QB, losing yards on first down and consistently putting your team behind the chains is a recipe for disaster. Sure there could be better playcalling, and better lineman, but there could also be less dancing. There could also be a bigger back that simply falls forward almost always.

The argument that CJ is the face of the franchise and there is no way we can cut him because of that is pretty childish. First and foremost, this is a business, make no mistake about it. If I remember correctly, Steve McNair was the face of the franchise also and the Titans locked him out of the building. Did fans stop watching the Titans when they did that to McNair? What about Eddie George? He was the face of the franchise and he got cut. Why? Because it was a good business decision.

Shaving nine million off of our salary cap money is a good business decision that will help this team rebuild for the future. With nine million extra, you may not have one great RB, but you can easily get two good O linemen and two good RBs. That’s four players for the price of one…on a team that is rebuilding.

Johnson is 27 now, will we be able to win a championship in two years? If the answer is no then you’re talking about having a 29 year old Chris Johnson who simply will not get any faster and most certainly will be a lot less dangerous than he is now. Chris Johnson has said it himself that he simply can’t even imagine the Titans being very good right now, so why should you as a fan? This guy plays on the team that you root for and he is saying that they are not very good. What makes you think he is lying?

Look, the long runs are nice, the records are awesome, and he, quite simply, is amazing to watch play the game of football. However, if you are really trying to rebuild your team and build a team that will compete consistently, it would be in the best interest of the organization to cut Chris Johnson.


What say you?


Shawn Eagle

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  • dboi

    The business should rather have a player who is a threat to anyone of the opposing teams rather than exploring the chance of him being a threat to the titans before running out of options. The titans are nowhere near running out of cap. They’re cheap and try to hardball it, its lucking out for the defensive talent but did they get it together?? Noooooope…. we need to keep him

    • Justin Stewart

      They do have to work on re-signing Cookie, Bironas, and Velasco. Starting to look like maybe Cookie gets the tag.

      It’ll be interesting to see how CJ’s career eventually comes to an end. He’s done a good job of staying healthy. Wonder how long he’ll be able to keep up with everyone else.

      • dboi

        Health issues make a huge impact on how a team runs and cj, bcuz he doesn’t always take the hit for that one extra yard , has a good chance of playing rb for a really long time. Hes not a weak back by any means hes tough, youve all seen him get that block against any monster coming after the qb that extends the play, so thats a plus. Look at bradshaw, the giants saw potential in their back up which we have none, hes cut now and health was a big reason + the $$$.

        • Justin Stewart

          Yeah. Bradshaw’s been beat up. CJ’s done well. Doesn’t get enough credit for how tough he actually is. Everyone just flags him as a speed back. He can give just as good as he gets, it’s just not how he gets yards.

    • Shawn Eagle

      The Titans business model is broken, they could have easily been more creative with his contract to make it easier to keep him, paying him 9 mil to play on a team that has many other holes is tough

  • Modesto Koczwara

    I hope the Titans are not stupid enough to cut a star like CJ. I am looking at you Munchak.

  • josh gunnels


    You know how i feel on this one. There’s plenty of cap room to keep CJ AND pick up two good O linemen.

    The biggest issue is the assumption you will be able to get someone else competent. The idea that good RB’s are a dime a dozen is overrated right now.
    Keep Cj and pick up Bradshaw for a back up and short yardage!

    Can you imagine CJ in a Colt’s jersey breaking off an 84 yard Touchdown run? I might puke….

    • Justin Stewart

      Don’t ever talk about CJ wearing a Colts jersey ever again.


      Ha ha ha ha

      • dboi

        I rest my case lol

        • Shawn Eagle

          The ultimate downside of cutting CJ is that he will ultimately sign somewhere for cheaper than what the titans would have to pay him…… some teams however are 1 playmaking RB away from making a SB run…. we are not

    • Shawn Eagle

      Example…..this past Super bowl was the first Super Bowl in 5 years that both teams had a. 1, 000 yard rusher!!! For a team that wants to be more oriented towards the pass….why pay 9 mil a year on a RB when they are rebuilding?

  • Joshua Huffman

    I’m hoping they can re-do Hasselbeck’s contract. $7.5 million for a backup quarterback / quarterback coach? No. No one would give him anywhere near that so if he’s serious about wanting to say then restructure those numbers.

    • Justin Stewart

      Wow. I didn’t realize that was the numbers of his final year. Holy cow. Definitely restructure.

      • Joshua Huffman

        If my memory serves me correctly, I think they intentionally backloaded the contract because they didn’t intend on keeping him beyond his second year. Fast forward two years and it sounds like they’d like to keep him. We’ll see.