Chris Johnson 's 279 carries this year marked his third-most in a season. However, that usage was not to his liking. He basically said Tuesday that either the Titans should give him more work or let him go to a team that will. Here are the candid exerts:
"I feel like if [the Titans] are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on," Johnson said. "Their money would be wasted on me. I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that's going to use me the right way.
"No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee. But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have.
"People say, 'He is not worth the $10 million, he is not worth the $8 million.' I feel like if you give me $8 million, let me earn it. At crucial times of the game, I shouldn't be on the sideline watching."
First of all, the Titans are going to release Johnson this offseason because they don't want to pay his salary for 2014, not because they don't want to give him more carries. So, CJ?K's demands are rather hollow.
Johnson carried the ball more than 300 times in back-to-back seasons (2009 and 2010), posting historic numbers in one year and solid numbers in the next. While he struggled the following season -- perhaps worn down by his carry counts -- Johnson rebounded to average 4.5 yards over 276 carries in 2012. And despite his heavy workloads and relatively small stature, he hasn't missed a game since his 2008 rookie season. So maybe he has a point.
But while Johnson may want more carries, his overall workload wasn't a problem this year since he added 42 receptions. That ranks him fifth in the league with 321 total touches. I think what upsets him most is the lack of scoring opportunities. This year, the Titans spelled him in the red zone with Shonn Greene, who did very Shonn Greene-type things (less than four yards per carry, produced countless occasions of fantasy owners screaming at their television sets, "Why are they giving it to Shonn Greene?!). Johnson still scored six more times than Greene, but he wants all of those chances, those opportunities that other running backs get at "crucial times." Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, he of the 329 touches this season, scored 11 times from inside the 4-yard line. He and Johnson are physically similar, and Charles is the one who underwent ACL reconstruction in the last few years.
Johnson will turn 29 in September. Whichever team he joins next will most likely use him as a clear starter and give him more than 300 touches. But he's going to remain disgruntled if he keeps gets the hook near the goal line, and he has a right.