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It will be strange to see Chris Johnson in another uniform, but it has to be done in order for the Titans to move forward with their offense. The relationship just doesn't make sense for either side anymore.
Johnson still seems to want top money, despite his gradual decline over the past few seasons. The Titans can't afford to tie up a bunch of money into a player that really hasn't helped them get anywhere other than a middle of the road team in the AFC.
However, Johnson could make sense for other teams who have the money to spend, like the Jets who could be interested, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, who recently tweeted about this possibility.
The Titans need to wipe their hands clean of the relationship with Johnson as soon as possible. It will allow this offense to finally start taking shape, once Johnson is out of the picture.
There were definitely some good times, but those good times have been almost non-existent for quite awhile now. If Johnson was trending upward, then the argument could be made that the Titans should try harder to retain Johnson.
Looking ahead to life without Johnson, the Titans will have options in 2014. They can choose to draft a running back to move into a committee along with Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster. They can also choose to just move ahead with what they have, which is a nice combination of guys with different strengths.
It's important to remember that productive running backs burst onto the scene all of the time in the NFL. Odds are, the Titans will find a suitable replacement for Johnson's declining production.