Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that a trade market is “emerging” for Titans RB Chris Johnson.
- According to Florio, “multiple teams” have “real interest” in trading for Johnson right now.
- However, Florio adds that nothing imminent at this point in time.
The Titans could take their time to find the right situation in terms of compensation and fit for Johnson, so a deal may not come together right away.
Johnson, 28, still has 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 could save $4 million in cap space if they were to release him outright, according to OverTheCap.com. However, Tennessee could boost that figure to $8 million by designating him as a post-June 1 cut.
Johnson opted to play out the season, despite the fact that he suffered a meniscus tear back in Week 3. He managed to go over the 1,000-yard-mark for the sixth consecutive season and contributed 10 total touchdowns in 2013.
- Schefter adds that the Titans are “clinging to hope” they can trade Johnson.
- According to Wyatt, “there’s some interest around the league.”
- Wyatt adds that nothing has developed as of now regarding a deal and still expects Johnson to be released if they can’t find a trade partner.
- Florio adds that if the Titans are unable to find a trade partner, Johnson will be released.
- Wyatt isn’t sure what kind of interest they’ll find given that Johnson is expected to be released.
- Wyatt adds that depth at running back in this year’s free agent class could also hurt the Titans chances of moving Johnson.