The Case for Keeping Tennessee Titans Running Back Chris Johnson

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Jan 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans new head coach Ken Whisenhunt (center) with general manager Ruston Webster (left) and president and ceo Tommy Smith (right) during the press conference at St. Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports


When it’s all said and done, I can see the merit of both sides in this argument. Chris Johnson is overpaid, but the Titans have the cap flexibility to afford it for one more year. You can bring in rookies and free agents, but there is great uncertainty in any replacement.

As it pertains to the case for Johnson, the old adage of “a bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush” comes into play. Titans fans know what Johnson brings to the table. He is lightning fast in the open field, but he struggles to break through a crowded line.

He is mouthy when things are not going his way, but he has never missed a game in six years. He is one of the few backs to ever break 2,000 yards in a single season, he has six straight 1,000 yard seasons, and he still holds the NFL Combine record for fastest 40-yard dash.

I am going to trust the Coach Whisenhunt and the new coaching staff in whatever decision they make on Johnson. I hope you will join me.

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