Should Chris Johnson Seek a Trade from Tennessee Titans?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIISeptember 17, 2012

Aug 30, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) during warm up prior to the game against the  New Orleans Saints at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

The relationship between Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans is quickly becoming irreconcilable.

The star (or is it falling star?) has continued his struggles of a season ago in a big way.

Johnson has just 21 yards on 19 carries so far this season and zero touchdowns. He actually managed to rush for four yards on 11 carries in Week 1, a career worst.

This raises a difficult question: is it time for Chris Johnson to seek a trade from the Tennessee Titans?

It's not as if he is new to demands, having gone through a lengthy contract re-negotiation process before last season.

But, this is a different animal entirely. Johnson is no longer performing at an elite level, he is far from "CJ2K", and has little to no fan support on his side.

Are his struggles entirely his fault?

Maybe not, and this tweet from ESPN Stats and Info probably proves that:

Chris Johnson is the only player to average negative yards before contact per rush this season (min. 10 rushes). #OffensiveLineIssues

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 18, 2012

However, why he is struggling almost seems irrelevant at this point. The fact of the matter is that Johnson is in desperate need of a change of scenery.

He has resorted to the never popular act of blaming his offensive line for his troubles, and regardless of the validity of his claims that is never a good way to gain favor with the organization or the fans.

Contrarily, a new fan base would be excited to welcome a former 2,000-yard rusher, and his amazing skill-set could rejuvenate any stagnant offense, especially if he is dedicated to the cause.

The Titans should be intrigued by the possibility of parting ways with their embattled star, but only if they can get decent value in return.

Johnson may be a tough sell due to character concerns and his recent lack of productivity, but everyone has seen what he is capable of, and it only takes one suitor to make a deal happen.

For the Titans, quarterback Jake Locker's development hinges upon a quality rushing threat to keep defenders inside the box and out of his deep passing lanes.

Tennessee's puzzle used to need Johnson to feel complete. Now he really doesn't fit at all.

A trade feels like the proper course of action.