Former All Pro running back Chris Johnson, will most likely be released by the Tennessee Titans according to NFL.com, and that could come as early as Friday, April 4. The Titans made several attempts at trading Johnson throughout March, however no team was interested in picking up Johnson’s current contract, which has him making $17 million over the next two seasons.
Johnson isn’t the elite running back he once was, but he’s still a great runner and one of the fastest in the business.
In March, both the Cowboys and Giants expressed interest in acquiring the three time Pro Bowler. But again, no trade took place because of contract breakdowns. With Johnson almost certain to hit the open market, he’s up for grabs. The Jets have also expressed interest in Johnson and they have a lot of cap space.
The New York Giants ranked 29th in rushing last season and had their worst rushing season since 1953, with just 1,332 yards. If (and this is a big if) Johnson is willing to take a significant pay cut, the Giants should throw in a bid and make a run at Johnson. The Giants are one of the best teams when it comes to running the two back system and Johnson’s speed would work well with Rashad Jennings.
Could Jennings and Johnson combine to have success on the field like Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs did? Power and speed is a lethal combination in this league. Johnson once (2009) rushed for over 2,000 yards and was called by many “the best back in football.” All six years of his career he has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark, but at the age of 28 he seems to have lost a step. Some people even accuse Johnson of not always trying.
Johnson is still a speed back that is capable of breaking the big one at any given moment. With divisional rival Dallas Cowboys interested, the Giants might want to show extra urgency. If the Giants can get Johnson for a good price, this could be a great running combination.