Running back Chris Johnson has been great for the Titans up until a few years ago. In Johnson’s first three NFL seasons he put up more than 4,500 yards (4,598 to be exact) and 34 touchdowns. Johnson also averaged 4.9 yards per carry over that span. In Johnson’s last three season he’s only put up 3,367 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging only 4.1 yards per carry. His stats have dropped dramatically over the last three seasons. Johnson is set to make $8 million next season and the way its looking he’s on his way out of Tennessee.
If asked if he would take a pay cut to help the team, Johnson replied with “no way” stating that it’s a “team effort.” Chris Johnson needs to take some responsibility for his lack of effort in his game after getting payed that big paycheck. The best thing for Chris Johnson to do is take a pay cut and prove that he is worth that money he was originally payed. If Johnson shows that he’s a team player then Tennessee may give him that money back in the form of a new contract in a few years.
Chris Johnson is still full of talent he just need to get his head out of the gutter and play like he once did. Johnson seems to be missing a big piece of his game let’s just hope he finds it before its too late. I can see the potential left in Johnson and I’d hate to see that potential walk right out the door, but Tennessee has too much salary cap issues to overlook Johnson’s big payday next season. With Johnson likely on his way out the next question is who will replace Chris Johnson at the start of the 2014 season.