Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Tennessee Titans GM doesn't endorse Chris Johnson

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When the NFL was nearing the end of the regular season, rumors began to swirl about the future of Chris Johnson in Tennessee. Despite being a 2,000 yards rusher not long ago, the once speedy back has fallen off his game and out of favor with the Titans.

Titans general manager Ruston Webter failed to give Johnson a vote of confidence on Tuesday when Ken Whisenhunt was introduced as head coach, and didn’t commit to him as being the Titans’ running back in 2014.

This further fuels rumors that Johnson has played his last down in Tennessee with the Titans, but no word has been given on his future one way or the other. The thinking for a while though as been that he’s likely on his way out, especially with a hew near coach coming in who is not only going to install his own players, but likes to throw the ball.

Whisenhunt was hired because he’s a quarterback guru and the Titans’ priority is finding the one thing you need to win in this league — a franchise quarterback. Ask the Minnesota Vikings how well having a franchise running back over a franchise quarterback has worked out for them.

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