Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tackled by Houston Texans middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (52) and teammate Houston Texans free safety Shiloh Keo (31) during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson admits to having play most of the 2013-14 NFL season with a torn meniscus in his knee. The 28-year-old running back is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct the issue.
Take a peak at that second tweet. Johnson claims that it wasn’t anything major. Then take a look at how his production plummeted after that Week 3 matchup against the San Diego Chargers:
Chris Johnson: Torn Meniscus in Knee, Surgery Scheduled. Stats from ESPN.com
A combination of stronger defenses and a knee injury turned what started off as a promising season into the least productive outlook of his six-year career.
Johnson enters this offseason with an $8 million price tag. Will the Titans part ways with him or does this team keep him on board for another season? Previously, Johnson has shrugged off the idea of taking any type of pay cut to remain in Nashville. There’s no reason to think that knee surgery would change his stance, however, if he does hit free agency, it could affect the overall money that teams will pay him. Don’t forget that he’ll turn age 29 in Sept. 2014.
Regardless of whether Johnson remains on this roster beyond this past season, the Titans must add some younger legs in their backfield. Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle and Johnson are all approaching age 30, or, in Battle’s case, have met it.