It was just a few years ago that Chris Johnson proclaimed himself the best running back in the NFL, even better than Adrian Peterson. Since that time, Peterson almost broke the single-season rushing record while Johnson signed a new contract and then stopped performing at a high level. According to ESPN on Jan. 8, Johnson blames the Titans for misusing him.
The Titans are now looking for a new head coach, but according to Johnson, he loves the Titans but he said they are wasting his prime years by not using him properly.
After he rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, Johnson held out for one of the richest contracts in the NFL, and once he got it, he rushed for 1,364 yards the next season. While he has surpassed 1,000 yards every season of his career, he hasn't shown the burst or elusiveness of his first two seasons in the NFL.
In 2013, Johnson only ran for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns on 279 carries, 3.9 yards per carry being the lowest average of his career. It seemed to be the case of a player getting a big payday and then just calling it in after that, with nothing left financially to play for.
However, Johnson blames Tennessee for his downfall, saying that they made him the top paid player on the team and then just leave him on the sidelines when they need to make critical plays. Chris Johnson also said that he does not want to be traded, he wants to be a bigger part of the Tennessee Titans offense going forward.
"I want to help the team win," Johnson said. "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."