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Titans running back Chris Johnson is a long way removed from his days as a 2,000-yard back in 2009.
Theories have circled for months that the running back formerly known as CJ2K could be on his way to a new team in 2014. Chris Johnson even admitted he may have played his last game with the Titans following the 2013 season finale, via The Tennessean (h/t Josh Sanchez of Fansided.com).
There are still three years left on the four-year, $53.975 million contract extension he signed back in 2011. The new years on the extension didn't kick in until 2013.
Johnson is currently the second-highest paid running back in the league, behind only Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. This year, he is set to count for $10 million against the cap, but the Titans could recoup $6 million of that if they cut him.
There is a possibility the Titans could try to restructure his contract to keep him around, but that doesn't seem to be a plan they are considering.
"My agent and titans front office had a talk yesterday and everything is still at a stand still so it's a waiting game while I continue to grind," Johnson tweeted Wednesday morning.
If he stays with the Titans, Johnson will be under his third different coaching staff since entering the NFL. It's possible that new head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't view him as a fit for his system. He was neither the one who drafted Johnson nor the one who signed him to that monster contract.
By cutting him this year, the Titans would save all $10 million of his money in 2015 and all $9 million of it in 2016. That money could go a long way toward helping the franchise rebuild.
It's unlikely that Johnson would get anything close to his current contract if he hits the open market. He will be 29 on Sept. 23, and his skills have been diminishing for some time. He has rushed for over 100 yards in just 11 games over the past three years, after doing so in 12 straight regular-season games from 2009-10.