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Chris Johnson Cut by Tennessee Titans

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Chris Johnson is now a free agent and could possibly land with the Jets, Giants, or Cowboys.

Chris Johnson Cut by Tennessee Titans

Another big name will be hitting the free agent market. Running back Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans today, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.   

Johnson's release comes as no surprise as the Titans have been trying to trade him since last month, but with no success. He also carries a hefty cap hit of $10 million and the Titans would be crazy to keep him at that price, given his diminished production since eclipsing 2,000 yards in 2010. With the release, the Titans save about $4 million in cap space. 

Since 2010, Johnson has not even sniffed the 2,000 yard mark with his highest rushing total being 1,364 yards the following season.  Last season, Johnson rushed for 1,047 yards and six touchdowns on 279 carries and averaged a career-low of 3.9 yards per carry. He also did not run for more than 30 yards, which also was a career-low. His inability to make defenders miss in 2013 was probably the main reason why his production suffered. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson forced just 27 missed tackles on 321 touches. Only Willis McGahee and Ray Rice were worse in that category.  

While Johnson's "CJ2K" days are long gone, he is still a threat to take it to the end zone every time he touches the ball. He is also a very effective receiver out of the backfield. In 2013, Johnson had 42 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. 

With 2,014 touches under his belt, Johnson will likely be most effective as a complimentary running back back instead of being the workhorse on a team. The amount of touches has clearly taken a toll on the 29-year-old back, so keeping him fresh will be important to get the most of him. 

As for potential landing spots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants are rumored to be interested in the electrifying running back.. The Jets already have running backs Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson in the fold, but they need playmakers on offense badly and Johnson would be a nice upgrade. The Cowboys likely want Johnson as a compliment and an insurance policy to DeMarco Murray, who has a history of injury problems. The Giants are an intriguing landing spot for Johnson as they have Rashad Jennings and David Wilson on the team (in addition to Peyton Hillis and perhaps Andre Brown if they bring him back), but a three-head monster at running back could be enticing for Big Blue. 

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