The Tennessee Titans are now officially shopping running back Chris Johnson in a trade ahead dog his inevitable release, but trading the former Pro Bowl running back is a lot easier said than done.
According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, teams around the NFL have little incentive to trade for Johnson and the trade market for him won’t be as hot as a free agent market would be.
Johnson’s base salary of $8 million for this fall, coming off a year when he ran for a season-low 1,077 yards, just doesn’t make sense financially. … Teams around the league are also expecting Johnson to be released at some point, so why give up a draft pick if he’s going to be on the market and could be had with no compensation?
Johnson has had a rough go of things in recent years, from not showing the explosiveness he’s had in the past, to placing the blame for his struggles on others. The scapegoating of the offensive line hasn’t helped Johnson keep his job and his incredible salary has made him a hard bargain for the Titans to sell.