— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 8, 2014
But who really wants him back?
After underperforming once again this season, many people are questioning the relevance of Chris Johnson in comparison to the rest of the team. More often than not, Johnson has rendered himself ineffective in critical games, taking a back seat to the Titans’ counter-running back, Shonn Greene.
By the end of 2013, Johnson had racked up 1,077 yards. This is a decrease from the 1,243 yards he had in 2012, and it’s a glaring drop from the 2,006 yards he ran for in 2009. Will he ever amount to what he was in that 2K year?
Many experts say no.
With Johnson’s contract weighing heavily on the team, it appears that CEO Tommy Smith isn’t interested in paying the running back his guaranteed $8 million next season for similar, lackluster results. However, this yields an obvious question: What will happen to the Titans’ run game? Who will be brought in to replace Johnson if he leaves?
One key free agent the Titans should be looking at is Maurice Jones-Drew, who has told the Jacksonville Jaguars that he’s going to test the market. If they don’t want to bail on Johnson for his contract, they have a valid reason to do so for his attitude alone. No one likes a player who can’t put his money where his mouth is.