No Sane NFL Team Would Trade For Chris Johnson

By Andrew Fisher
Chris Johnson
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Reports have finally emerged that confirm what many of us have thought for months now — Chris Johnson‘s days with the Tennessee Titans are numbered.

Over the weekend word began to emerge that the Titans will attempt to trade Johnson, which is a little surprising. No, it’s not surprising that they want to get rid of the aging RB, it’s surprising that they think another team would actually make a deal for him.

Of course the Titans would like to trade Johnson. Getting something in return for a player that’s highly overpaid is certainly a dream scenario. But it’s just not going to happen. No team in its right mind would pay the RB’s $8 million salary in 2014. Heck, I’m not even sure he’s worth half that amount.

This likely reality is leading many to think that the 28-year old will be cut free in the coming days.

On the surface, it doesn’t appear that Johnson had a terrible 2013 season. He did break the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth consecutive year and he found the end zone on six occasions. But when you consider that he’s producing about half as much as he used to, then the picture starts to get a bit clearer.

The RB formerly known as CJ2k averaged a career-low in yard per attempt last season (3.9) and it’s clear that his best days are behind him. It’s not saying that he can’t be a valuable contributor somewhere, but his days of being a star are over.

It’s really only a question of who will sign him to play a role once he’s cut loose.


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