Chris Johnson respects the business side of football. He’s been hard lined and he’s been the hard liner. But if you ask the former Tennessee Titans running back what he thinks of his past employer, he won’t hesitate to give you his personal opinion.
“I think they was just being nasty to be honest,” Johnson told Alex Marvez and Keith Bulluck of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night. “I love Tennessee, I love my fans and all that, but I think at the end of the day [the Titans] did me wrong.”
“I feel like they already knew they were going in a different direction, and it just baffles me that you release me after free agency is over and you wait until a couple days [before] it’s time to show up for offseason workouts to let me go.”
But why would the Titans bother with hanging on to Johnson for so long if they knew they were moving on from the running back? Johnson wondered aloud if it wasn’t payback for his 2011 holdout.
At the end of the day, a business decision is just that. It’s one made without personal concern. The Titans may not have wanted Johnson in the future, but they had paid good money for the back’s rights. The PFT pieces notes that Johnson has made ‘$30 million from August 2011 through December 2013′. That buys the rights to play out all your options and make sure releasing Johnson is the best move for your team.
Despite the Titans dallying in their business with Johnson, the running back found a quick home with the New York Jets and now looks forward to proving his old team wrong.
“I’m gonna make them regret letting me go,” Johnson said. “They’re gonna regret it. Trust that.”