Titans RB Chris Johnson is coming off of a disappointing season for Tennessee, despite the fact that he managed to rush for over 1,000 for the sixth straight year of his NFL career.
Still, Johnson’s yards-per-carry dropped to 3.9 this season, which represents the lowest figure of his NFL career. He also had only two games in which he totaled over 100 yards rushing.
“No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee,” Johnson told The Tennessean. “But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have.”
Johnson, 28, is set to make $8 million for the 2014 and has come under a good deal of criticism in recent years. He has three years remaining on his contract and rumors have been circulating that he could be on the chopping block this offseason.
“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on,” Johnson said. “Their money would be wasted on me. I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”
According to Overthecap.com, releasing Johnson would free up $4 million in cap space this offseason.
“I want to help the team win,” Johnson said. “People say, ‘He is not worth the $10 million, he is not worth the $8 million.’ I feel like if you give me $8 million, let me earn it.”