Chris Johnson (Save $6 Million)
Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Titan Sized editor Joshua Huffman already polled readers on whether they were in favor of re-signing Johnson or letting him walk (HERE). It’s worth noting that, while the poll results strongly favored re-signing Johnson, the Titans save $6 million in cap space, not $4 million as others have reported. With that information, the results would’ve at least slightly shifted against keeping Johnson.
Kuharsky expects “Cut, eventually.” I can’t justify keeping a running back at that price tag. It’s time to set aside the nostalgia and move into the future. Good running backs aren’t that hard to find. And if the offensive line is causing the problems, then they’re paying $10 million for a running back who’s limited because of them.
I think both sides will appreciate moving on from this marriage. Titans save money and Johnson can play for a championship contender or a team who’ll give him 300-plus carries.