At the end of every NFL season, the numbers that start to count switch from yards and touchdowns to dollars and cents. That’s right, the salary cap becomes the hottest topic as teams try to fit new contracts in their budgets, which are already loaded to the gills with current players.
Some players simply do not make the cut, and NFL Around the League writer Dan Hanzus thinks Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is one of the more notable veterans who will be shopping for a new team.
The Titans backed up the Brink’s truck for Johnson to be CJ2K. Problem is, Johnson isn’t that guy anymore. He still has his legs, but Johnson has become indecisive and jittery — habits that can be picked up by running behind subpar offensive lines. Johnson has become the Rob Deer of NFL running backs: He’s willing to lead the league in strikeouts if it gets him a handful of homers. The Titans are a franchise in transition. They’re highly unlikely to pay $8 million to a back who averaged less than four yards per carry last season. A fresh start could work for everyone involved.
Other notable players that Hanzus identifies as possible cap casualties includes Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets, Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears.