Titans must get rid of Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is arguably the best runner for the Tennessee Titans. An explosive runner that has been reduced to the bottom of the NFL stat sheets. Johnson is the 2K yard man with many attributes that attributed to one of the top contracts for a running back in the NFL.
Why the suggestion to get rid of him? I’ll admit that it would be hard to watch your star player once again be a star in someone else’s system. Many might agree that Chris might have lost a step or two. You might even think that he is still the best running back in the league. Whichever way you sway on this, you have to agree that it hasn’t been working out for the Titans. I wouldn’t be so quick to say that Chris has lost it, but I would say that whatever is not working for the Titans now could help them be better in the future. No matter who is to blame or what the problem is, it just doesn’t work out on more occasions than it does. This brings me to the three reasons the Titans should get rid of Chris Johnson.
1) Trading Johnson could bring in an early round draft pick for the 2013 NFL Draft. I will remind everyone here that not only was he the 2k man buy he was also signed as a playmaker and not just a running back. Extra picks can be consolidated into more first or second round picks. More first or second round picks means that your team now has two or more playmakers out of the one you just gave up. May not be the same position but certainly adds to fixing the problems the team is currently suffering from.
2) If the Titans don’t get an offer for Johnson, then they would get to keep him for the remainder of the 2012 season. Then they can opt out of the lucrative contract. Why is this idea that should be taken into consideration? Most teams consider running backs to be a position easily filled by the next guy. The ones that don’t have locked their guy up to long-term contracts. There is still the Tebow factor to be followed and Johnson is a lot better than Tebow. This would allow the Titans to offer more than any other team but still retain Johnson for less money. Then again they could do like the Seahawks did with Shaun Alexander and just part ways.
3) Plain and simple; he doesn’t fit the offense that Chris Palmer is trying to run. Palmer has been a successful coördinator in his career, but for some reason he is not successful with a runner like CJ. If this is the course for the Titans then adding a power runner in the draft should be the next step. Whether they like C.J. or not, they cannot continue to pay big money when it doesn’t work.
There is no easy solution to a problem like this but it’s not the first time fans in the NFL have seen a beloved runner plummet. It won’t be the last either. As much as like Chris Johnson, I have to say that adding draft picks if available sounds pretty good.