The Tennessee Titans are a franchise heading into 2013 with a lot of needs, paying a temperamental running back $10 million dollars a year should not be one of their concerns. Chris Johnson burst on to the NFL scene in his second second season out of East Carolina, and rushed for 2,006 yards. He quickly let everyone associated with the NFL that he was going to be the greatest running back in league history and wanted to get paid as such.
It’s always been about the money for Johnson. He finally received a hefty pay increase and his production on the field has decreased. Imagine that. NFL teams should no longer continue to over pay for running backs.
In the past week, Johnson, slated to earn $10 million dollars next season with the Titans, told reporters that he was uncertain of his future with the franchise. At least he is rooted in some sort of reality. The Titans have a five day window between February 4 until the 9th where the team can drop him and have no financial responsibility for 2013. If he remains on the roster after the 9th, he is guaranteed $9 million dollars for 2013.
The Titans need to cut this dude loose in that window. He has always been all about the money and that’s all that matters to him. Don’t think that the Titans aren’t looking at the rushing standings and seeing Alfred Morris with 1,235 yards for the season.
Earlier this week, Johnson showed up for a press conference wearing a helmet, a la Ricky Williams, while a team official tried to get Johnson to remove the helmet while speaking to reporters. He was donning a Titans helmet with a black visor, making him look like something out of a Star Wars movie.
Yes, Johnson is a dynamic player and possesses elite speed, but he resembles another former Tennessee Titans player that played when he wanted to, Albert Haynesworth. Once he was paid, production dropped off the charts.
Rushing for 1,000 yards in a 16-game season? Not so impressive anymore. 65 yards per game. And hardly worth $10 million dollars a year.