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Titans question Chris Johnson’s work ethic after his release.

  • Jim Racalto

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Friday, the Tennessee Titans finally pulled the trigger on a move everybody saw coming, as they released running back Chris Johnson. Yes, the same Johnson, AKA CJ2K, that once ran for 2,000 yards in a season. After a couple down seasons at a high price tag, the Titans finally decided to cut ties with Johnson, and he is already drawing heavy interest on the open market.

The Titans, however, have cited Johnson’s lack of work ethic and laid-back approach as reasons why they decided to let him go. They also explored every trade opportunity, and when nothing logical was offered, they cut ties with him outright.

Via CBS Sports:

Most notably is the issue of Johnson’s “work ethic” which the Titans didn’t, um, love. Wyatt points out that Johnson “didn’t have a bad attitude” and “is a good guy.” But the work ethic wasn’t perfect.

“Sometimes, however, Johnson rubbed team officials wrong because of what they felt was a questionable work ethic and laid-back approach,” Wyatt writes.

The matter of money was an issue as well. Wyatt points out Johnson told the paper on multiple occasions he wasn’t taking a pay cut.

Had Johnson’s production not dropped off, it’s safe to assume he would still be a Titan. It’s unclear if Johnson’s alleged poor work-ethic directly correlated to his decline in numbers, but Tennessee made the right move releasing him. They no longer wanted to overpay for average production.

Meanwhile, it appears the Jets may be the front-runners to sign Johnson, as he won’t be out of work long. A new scene might help rejuvenate his career.

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