Titans release running back Chris Johnson

The Tennessee Titans have formerly released running back Chris Johnson. By releasing Johnson the Titans will save $6 million against the salary cap and take a $4 million hit in dead money.

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans,” general manager Ruston Webster said in a release. “Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process.

“We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

Since earning the nickname CJ2K in 2009, Johnson has a best of 1,364 since. Last season he ran for 1,077 yards with a career low 3.9 yards per carry.

A testament to his toughness, Johnson has not missed a game since his rookie season but will be hard pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market. There figures to be interest but no one is going to pony up the $8 million he was set to make this year.