The #Titans informed RB Chris Johnson that he will be released today.
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) April 4, 2014
BREAKING: The #Titans have officially informed RB Chris Johnson he’s being released, per sources. The C.J. era is over in Tennessee.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) April 4, 2014
- Ian Rapoport reports that Johnson’s release could be due to a failed physical that stems from a knee cleanup.
- Rapoport adds that Johnson’s knee is expected to be fine long-term.
Johnson, 28, had three years remaining on his six-year, $55.26 million contract to go along with base salaries of $8 million (2014), $7 million (2015) and another $7 million (2016).
The Titans will save a total of $6 million against their 2014 salary cap by releasing Johnson, who had a $10 million cap figure, according to OverTheCap.com.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports that the Cowboys, Giants and Jets had reached out the Titans regarding Johnson in recent weeks and are expected to show interest in him as a free agent.
Johnson opted to play through a meniscus tear he suffered back in Week 3, which probably contributed to his career-worst 3.9 yards-per-carry average last season. He managed to go over the 1,000-yard-mark for the sixth consecutive season and contributed 10 total touchdowns in 2013.