The days of Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson being referred to as “CJ2K” are long gone. He once looked like one of the best running backs in the league, but he got paid in 2011 and has been on a steady decline since then.
Whether it is just a lack of motivation or a severe decline in skills, Johnson is now just an ineffective running back with poor vision that doesn’t fight for the extra yards. It is unfortunate to see, but that is the harsh reality about how quickly his star has fallen.
Johnson has a contract that runs through the 2016 NFL season, but ti doesn’t look like he has a chance of seeing the end of it because he is expected to be released in the offseason.
From Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
From @RapSheet: Chris Johnson expected to be released by Titans in offseason. Team not likely to pick up Locker’s $13M option for 2015.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 10, 2013
With no Johnson and likely no Locker next season, there will be some serious changes in the offense.
It will be interesting to see if Johnson generates a big market when he is available in free agency, but we wouldn’t expect anything too out of the ordinary especially considering the cooling market for veteran backs.