It won't be easy, given that Johnson is due to make $8 million next season and in 2015, and doesn't have a sterling reputation around the league. Last week, Johnson's former teammate, Keith Bulluck, didn't give Johnson the most endearing scouting report.
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"He's a friend of mine but when it comes to athlete, he's a 'me' person," Bulluck said. "He's a 'me' person when it comes to the athlete. For the years that he's been there, it's never been his fault why he didn't have a good running game or why he didn't have a good game. It was always somebody else's fault. I'm not surprised that CJ hasn't come in to even meet coach or see what's going on in general. I'm not surprised by that."
The Titans and Johnson have met this offseason to discuss his future, but there was no immediate resolution. The Titans had considered bringing him back, but not at that price.
Now they have moved on and hope to get something in return.
Johnson ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, earning him a large extension. But he has struggled since, and Johnson ran for 1,077 yards this past season, the second-lowest total of his career. Injuries have been a problem, as well as inconsistency.
Technically, the Titans are in no rush to move Johnson — unless the situation turns ugly. If they cannot get anything in return, per the PFT report, the Titans likely would cut him. Cutting Johnson would cause a $4 million salary-cap hit, but that could be spaced out over two seasons if he's released with a post-June 1 designation.
But if Johnson were free, he'd get another crack in the NFL to be sure. It's considered a weak free-agent class at the position, and the draft offers no sure-fire first-round picks. Johnson's speed — even with all of his drawbacks — certainly will attract some team wanting an extra burst on offense.
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