The Tennessee Titans looking to trade Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson has recorded as terrific career in the NFL and with the Tennessee Titans up to now. Since the time he entered the league, back in 2008, the veteran running back has recorded 7,965 yards. He also averages 4.6 yards per carry and he has rushed for 50 touchdowns. Those numbers are certainly impressive, especially if one considers that few running backs in the league manage to sustain a good level of production for several seasons through their careers.
Nonetheless, although Chris Johnson has been delivering for the Titans, the team might still consider their 28-year old star. That sounds at least weird, doesn’t it? Yes and no.
One thing we have seen in the NFL over and over again is running backs losing their composure after some seasons. After a few strong seasons, injuries might start to appear or in general the wear and tear starts to affect the running back’s body and inevitably, his performance.
Maurice Jones-Drew is a vivid example of this category. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back experienced some injuries which didn’t allow him to be as dominant as the team expected last season. Arian Foster from the Houston Texans is another example. Foster suffered a season-ending injury which forced him to stay out for the last nine games of the 2013 campaign. And the story goes on and on with lots of other examples.
That is the biggest reason the Titans are considering trading their star running back away at the moment. It’s not that Johnson is not playing well. It’s not that he is now hurt and unable to deliver. It’s that the team is looking towards the future. And if we have a closer look at his stats, Tennessee might just be right.
Chris Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards back in 2009. Although this was an impressive performance for him and despite the high expectations that followed his output, ever since, he has failed to record similar seasons. In 2013, he gained a little more than 1,000 yards and there is no guarantee he can even continue performing like that in the next season. The course of his production is certainly descending and that’s what the Titans pay attention to at the moment.
Could Chris Johnson record a 2,000-yard season once again? Or is he no longer available to play that well? The certain fact is that the team is expecting him to play big. The fan are doing the same. Nonetheless, if we think rationally, there are not many running backs in the league which can surpass the 2,000-yard mark. In fact, maybe none exists at the moment.
The Tennessee Titans could still seek for a trade, but as things look at the moment, that wouldn’t be the best of their available moves. On the contrary, there are several more ways for the team to get better. The Titans could seek for other ways to improve their offense, maybe add some quality player around Johnson thus giving him the chance to produce more.