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Titans' Johnson frustrated with playing time

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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had the second-fewest carries of his six-year career this season and he can't understand why the Tennessee Titans would invest so much money and not use him more.

Johnson is due to make $8 million in 2014 as part of a four-year, $53 million contract extension he received in 2011.

"No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee," Johnson told The Tennessean. "But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have."

In 2013, Johnson carried 279 times for 1,077 yards, the second-lowest rushing total of his career, and averaged 3.9 yards per attempt in 16 games. In 2009, Johnson carried 358 times en route to a franchise-record 2,006 yards.

But his attempts never topped 300 under coach Mike Munchak, who was fired Saturday.

"I am not a coach and I am not a GM," Johnson said. "But if I am paying a player to make him the top-paid guy on the team, there is no way in critical situations that he is going to be on the sideline. Around the goal line, I'd come out."

Johnson emphasized to The Tennessean that he is not demanding a trade. But he would like to be used more -- wherever and however that might be.

"I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on," Johnson said. "Their money would be wasted on me. I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that's going to use me the right way."

More than anything, the 28-year-old Johnson appears frustrated with the situation. The Titans signed big-back Shonn Greene for short-yardage and goal-line situations before last season, but Greene suffered a knee injury and was ineffective.

"I want to help the team win," Johnson said. "People say, 'He is not worth the $10 million, he is not worth the $8 million.' I feel like if you give me $8 million, let me earn it.

"At crucial times of the game, I shouldn't be on the sideline watching."
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